There has been a lot of debate about which is the best college football conference this season. There is no doubt, however, the highest coaching salaries belong to the SEC.
Coaches from the SEC make up nearly half of the top 27 highest-paid coaches in college football, according to USA Today. Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason was the only SEC coach not ranked in the top 27, but Vanderbilt declined to release Mason’s salary.
But if that doesn’t shock readers, listen to this: Seven of the 18 highest-paid coaches in college football are in the SEC West. All seven coaches in that division will make at least $3 million this year.
Actually, only Arkansas coach Bret Bielema makes under $4 million. But don’t feel bad for him. He falls just shy of that mark at $3.96 million, which is 18th highest in college football. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is the second cheapest coach in the SEC West at $4 million. Yeah, real cheap.
Alabama coach Nick Saban, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, LSU coach Les Miles and Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze all have salaries ranked in the top 10. Saban is the highest-paid coach in the country this season at $7.087 million. The only other coach with a salary above $7 million is Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.
— Erick Smith (@erick_smith) October 8, 2015