College football coaches get paid a ton of money. And sometimes, if they get fired, they can make even more.
USA Today released all publicly available salaries for FBS coaches Wednesday, and it also released all available buyout information for those coaches.
Just as Alabama’s Nick Saban is the most expensive coach in the SEC, he would also be the most expensive to fire. His buyout of $23.26 million is the sixth-highest figure in the country. The next three most expensive buyouts belong to Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin ($15.4 million), Auburn’s Gus Malzahn ($15.4 million) and Kentucky’s Mark Stoops ($14 million).
One SEC school is already faced with having to pay a hefty buyout. LSU owes Les Miles more than $8.95 million after firing him earlier this season.
The least expensive coach in the SEC is also the least expensive to get rid of. Missouri’s Barry Odom has the smallest buyout in the conference at $1.91 million.
Vanderbilt, as a private university, did not have to disclose what the buyout for Derek Mason would be. Both Ole Miss and Mississippi State “have contracts with private foundations that declined to disclose their portions of buyouts that would be owed,” USA Today reported.
Here’s what it would cost each SEC school to fire its current head coach in 2016:
Nick Saban, Alabama – $23,266,668
Bret Bielema, Arkansas – $15,400,000
Gus Malzahn, Auburn – $8,950,000
Jim McElwain, Florida – $9,375,000
Kirby Smart, Georgia – $13,500,000
Mark Stoops, Kentucky – $14,041,667
Les Miles*, LSU – $8,958,333
Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss – Not Available
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State – Not Available
Barry Odom, Missouri – $1,912,500
Will Muschamp, South Carolina – $9,496,667
Butch Jones, Tennessee – $10,625,000
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – $15,416,667
Derek Mason, Vanderbilt – Not Available