A look at the SEC head coaching salaries


Kevin Sumlin received a sexy bump in salary yesterday from $2 million to $3.1 million per year. And by several accounts, including my own opinion, TAMU is getting a bargain. Sumlin may be a top-five coach in college football.

The following is an up-to-date chart of the head coaches’ current salaries, compiled from several reports.

Head Coach School Salary
Nick Saban Alabama $5.3 million
Les Miles LSU $3.7 million
Steve Spurrier South Carolina $3.5 million
Bret Bielema Arkansas $3.2 million
Mark Richt Georgia $3.2 million
Kevin Sumlin Texas A&M $3.1 million
James Franklin Vanderbilt $3.0 million*
Butch Jones Tennessee $2.9 million
Gary Pinkel Missouri $2.7 million
Dan Mullen Mississippi State $2.6 million
Will Muschamp Florida $2.4 million
Gus Malzahn Auburn $2.3 million
Mark Stoops Kentucky $2.2 million
Hugh Freeze Ole Miss $2.0 million

* Franklin’s $3 million is estimated

Gary Pinkel may be one of the more overpaid in the conference. However, prior to 2012, Pinkel was 48-19 in the last five years with three bowl victories.

Photo Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports



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  • Richt recieved a raise in Feb. He is now up to $3.2M a year. I think that is fair considering the three coaches above him in this list all have won national championships.

  • With Pinkel,

    I think the pay was good given his success prior to the 2012 season. It’s hard to reduce pay – but I’m sure Mizzou could try it. I think Gary will get 1-2 more seasons to improve and if their not at least 7-5, then Mizzou will be looking for a new head coach.

  • Please tell me why, when Coach Saban is the top Coach in the country, along with the highest paid, you would put Sumlin’s pic on the article. Is it the same reason why no matter who wins a PGA tournament, we get Tiger’s pic? This SHIT gets real old Y’ALL! This post probably won’t make it onto the page, but c’mon, enough is enough. And that Y’ALL was for Paula Deen.

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