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Mark Stoops is the 15th highest-paid college football coach

Mark Stoops is now the 15th highest-paid coach in college football. Today, USA Today released its annual college coaching salary database, and Stoops’ total annual pay of $5,013,600 ranks No. 15 nationally and No. 7 in the SEC. This year’s figures also include coronavirus pay cuts, which UK did not require its coaches to take. Last year, Stoops ranked No. 19.

1 Alabama Nick Saban $9,100,000 $0 $9,100,000 $9,300,000 $0 $36,800,000
2 LSU Ed Orgeron $8,687,500 $0 $8,687,500 $8,918,500 $0 $23,850,000
5 Texas A&M Jimbo Fisher $7,500,000 $0 $7,500,000 $7,500,000 $0 $53,125,000
6 Georgia Kirby Smart $6,803,600 $0 $6,803,600 $6,933,600 $0 $19,835,834
7 Auburn Gus Malzahn $6,900,000 $0 $6,900,000 $6,927,589 $0 $21,450,000
10 Florida Dan Mullen $6,070,000 $0 $6,070,000 $6,070,000 $0 $12,000,000
15 Kentucky Mark Stoops $5,000,000 $0 $5,000,000 $5,013,600 $0 $23,750,000
16 Mississippi State Mike Leach $5,000,000 $0 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $0
22 South Carolina Will Muschamp $4,600,000 $230,000 $4,370,000 $4,370,000 $470,000 $15,378,750
29 Missouri Eliah Drinkwitz $4,025,000 $100,000 $3,925,000 $3,925,000 $100,000 $14,350,000
30 Tennessee Jeremy Pruitt $3,846,000 $0 $3,846,000 $3,846,000 $0 $12,880,000
34 Mississippi Lane Kiffin $3,900,000 $135,750 $3,764,250 $3,764,250 $275,250
38 Vanderbilt Derek Mason $3,534,497
53 Arkansas Sam Pittman $3,000,000 $100,000 $2,900,000 $2,900,000 $250,000

Stoops’ contract runs through June 30, 2026 and is automatically extended by one year each time Kentucky wins seven games in a season and automatically extended by an additional year if Kentucky wins ten games in a season. Last year, UK and Stoops agreed to an amended contract that increased his salary by $500,000 per year and changed the bonus structure. He used to receive $250,000 for the seventh and eighth win of the season, but now, that $250,000 bonus will not kick in until the ninth win of the season. He will also receive $50,000 for winning SEC Coach of the Year and $100,000 for winning National Coach of the Year.

Check out the entire database at the link below.

[USA Today]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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10 Comments for Mark Stoops is the 15th highest-paid college football coach

  1. Irish son
    3:27 pm October 14, 2020 Permalink

    What a joke.

    • cats646
      7:08 pm October 14, 2020 Permalink

      Why? He’s done great here? Better than anyone since Bryant. He deserves it.

    • WKY Cat
      7:19 pm October 14, 2020 Permalink

      Great? Not so much. Is the program improved? Yes

  2. VilleCat11
    3:41 pm October 14, 2020 Permalink

    Came when there was zero talent and has built it up a long way. Still room to grow but I love my coach!!

    • bigblue98
      4:20 pm October 14, 2020 Permalink

      Agreed – how quick people forget two years ago, or even last year. Most people don’t realize we were actually good for 2 years in the mid 80’s, cheating when good in the 70’s, so have to go back to the 50’s for sustained success. Is everything done that I want? No, but for a program not really relevant for 65 years we are seeing success. I very much appreciate these days when we only need to look back a few years when Western beat us multiple years or during the Curry years when Florida was beating us 73-7.

    • Miller45
      10:09 pm October 14, 2020 Permalink

      There were home games with less attendance than this season

  3. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    3:48 pm October 14, 2020 Permalink

    More proof that Mitch is an idiot. Bag man Marrow should get most of the credit.

  4. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    5:14 pm October 14, 2020 Permalink

    We certainly aren’t a top 15 program – granted we were a dumpster fire before he got here. He’s an above average coach that can’t take us to the next level IMO.

    • WKY Cat
      7:20 pm October 14, 2020 Permalink

      Very true. But I’m afraid if we hire someone that can get us to the next level he will quickly move onto a more high profile program. Then we may fall to the bottom again.

  5. BigBluSoTru
    6:08 pm October 14, 2020 Permalink

    He paid more then Muschamp whom does have an SEC east Championship while at FL .