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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.

RK SCHOOL COACH SCHEDULED SCHOOL PAY CONTRACT YEAR PANDEMIC REDUCTION ACTUAL SCHOOL PAY TOTAL PAY TOTAL PANDEMIC REDUCTION SCHOOL BUYOUT AS OF 12/1/20
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 .