The following table lists the most up-to-date coaching salaries from the USA Today coaching salary database. The database does not include James Franklin’s salary, but it’s been reported to be in the $3 million range (though, this is an estimate).
The max bonus column shows what each coach can earn based on on-field performance such as winning the SEC or winning the national championship.
|Head Coach||School||Salary||Max Bonus|
|Steve Spurrier||South Carolina||$3,550,000||$1,550,000|
|Dan Mullen||Mississippi State||$2,600,000||$650,000|
|Kevin Sumlin||Texas A&M||$2,436,000||$625,000|
|Hugh Freeze||Ole Miss||$1,500,000||$1,475,000|
|John L. Smith||Arkansas||$850,000||$225,000|
In light of today’s events, Les Miles is reported to be getting a bump in his salary. Interestingly, Miles would have received a bump in his salary automatically had LSU beat Alabama in the BCS Championship last year. The clause in his contract states that Miles must have his salary adjusted to $1,000 more than the highest paid coach in the SEC – this means he would have had his salary adjusted to $1,000 more than Saban’s contract.
Since that didn’t happen, it took a reported move from Arkansas to accelerate a new deal for Miles. The numbers haven’t been reported, but I would assume his salary is over $4 million annually now, at least.
It’s interesting to compare salaries as clearly, based on 2012 performance, some coaches are overpaid. Gary Pinkel, perhaps? Chizik is obvious, but of course, he’s already been fired.
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