Skip to content

Kentucky Sports Radio

University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.

USA Today’s latest college football coaching salary database is out

Every year, USA Today puts together a fancy database of coaching salaries, and every year, it’s fun to examine the numbers behind the big business that is college football. According to the database, Mark Stoops is the 26th highest paid coach in the country, pulling in a $3,513,600 salary this year. If that seems high, it’s worth noting that Stoops’ salary is only the 11th highest in the SEC behind Butch Jones and Kirby Smart, and ahead of Will Muschamp, Derek Mason, and Barry Odom.

The highest paid coach in college football? No, it’s not Nick Saban. It’s Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, who will make $9 million this year. Saban is second with $6.94 million, followed by Ohio State’s Urban Meyer at $6.09 million and Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops at $5.55 million. As the adults trying to sound hip would say, that’s a lotta cheddar.

Earlier this season, much was made about Mark Stoops’ $14 million buyout. According to this database, Stoops’ buyout is the 16th highest in the country this year, ahead of Penn State’s James Franklin, Georgia’s Kirby Smart, and Louisville’s Bobby Petrino.

Check out the rest of the buyouts here and the entire database here. And then feel poor.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

3 Comments for USA Today’s latest college football coaching salary database is out



  1. dwildslex
    12:19 pm October 26, 2016 Permalink

    26th highest paid coach and the 75th ranked team….seems like a discrepancy…..SEC or not.



  2. inside info2
    1:18 pm October 26, 2016 Permalink

    How many other coaches’ buyouts have not recourse for the University if the coach leaves early?

    It is ridiculous that Barnhart let’s him off scott free. If Stoops does have success here he’s probably gone with no handcuffs on his contract.



    • Piedma Schwartz
      2:05 pm October 26, 2016 Permalink

      Absolutely. I think Stoops will jump as soon as he gets the chance. UK is a HARD job and the fans haven’t been the best towards him.