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Breaking down the salaries of SEC athletic directors

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Being an athletic director isn’t easy. It’s all about making the right hire for the major revenue-generating sports at your school.

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Two SEC athletic directors are in the top five in the country, while Vanderbilt’s David Williams leads the country, making over $3.2 million per year. Florida’s Jeremy Foley is second in the SEC, making over $1.2 million per year.

Arkansas’ Jeff Long, Tennessee’s Dave Hart, Texas A&M Eric Hyman and LSU’a Joe Alleva are in the top 20 for highest paid ADs. Mississippi State and Ole Miss have the two lowest paid ADs in the SEC.

New Alabama AD Bill Battle’s salary info isn’t listed in the following database, but he’s making $620,000 salary with a four-year term.

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*Info taken from USAToday database

CFB RANK SCHOOL  ATHLETICS DIRECTORS SCHOOL PAY OTHER PAY TOTAL PAY MAX BONUS
1 Vanderbilt David Williams $3,239,678 $0 $3,239,678 $0
3 Florida Jeremy Foley $1,233,250 $0 $1,233,250 $50,000
11 Arkansas Jeff Long $900,000 $3,900 $903,900 $650,000
14 Tennessee Dave Hart Jr. $817,250 $0 $817,250 $0
15 Texas A&M Eric Hyman $800,000 $0 $800,000 $200,000
16 LSU Joe Alleva $725,000 $0 $725,000 $100,000
22 South Carolina Ray Tanner $675,000 $0 $675,000 $0
23 Missouri Mike Alden $651,917 $22,400 $674,317 $347,915
24 Kentucky Mitch Barnhart $650,000 $4,000 $654,000 $240,000
29 Auburn Jay Jacobs $612,000 $3,000 $615,000 $150,000
44 Georgia Greg McGarity $525,000 $0 $525,000 $0
57 Mississippi State Scott Stricklin $182,000 $268,000 $450,000 $0
63 Mississippi Ross Bjork $400,000 $0 $400,000 $32,000

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Comments 3

  1. Jon, Mal Moore’s not the athletic director at Bama anymore. Do you know how much Bill Battle gets paid?

  2. Weird. All of these guys make less than the Head Coaches of the basketball and football teams at their school. A “boss” that makes considerably less than their employee….