The Highest Paid College Football Coaches
Coaching college football seems like the most stressful job on the planet. College coaches are tasked with, essentially, raising 100-plus young men flying through their college years. Whether at press conferences or the College Football Playoff, your job is under scrutiny, which is why so few coaches find national championship-level success.
These elite leaders are certainly paid well to be NCAA college football coaches, though.
Annually, USA Today publishes a database listing the salaries of all 130 FBS head football coaches. Everything from a coach's maximum bonus to buyout numbers are available, but the most important number is a category titled "Total Pay."
The 25 highest-paid college football coaches of 2019 include some of the best to ever do it:
25. Paul Chryst, Wisconsin
24. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
23. Will Muschamp, South Carolina
22. Ryan Day, Ohio State
21. David Shaw, Stanford
20. Chris Petersen, Washington
19. Mark Stoops, Kentucky
18. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
17. Gary Patterson, TCU
16. Charlie Strong, South Florida
15. Willie Taggart, Florida State
14. Scott Frost, Nebraska
13. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
12. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
11. James Franklin, Penn State
10. Dan Mullen, Florida
9. Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma
8. Jeff Brohm, Purdue
7. Tom Herman, Texas
6. Gus Malzahn, Auburn
5. Kirby Smart, Georgia
4. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M
3. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
2. Nick Saban, Alabama
1. Dabo Swinney, Clemson
One name you didn't see on that list is LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron. He ranks 30th nationally making $4.0 million per year. LSU is battling for the No. 1 ranking in college football, but Coach O makes the same amount of money as Illinois' Lovie Smith and Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente.
Head over to FanBuzz.com to see how much all of these elite coaches earned for the 2019 season.
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