The top 15 highest-paid college and professional football coaches are colleges and pro football veterans. Everyone but Frank Reich and Kyle Shanahan have a championship-winning pedigree. Kyle Shanahan’s three-year contract is up after the 2019 season, and he signed a lucrative six-year extension that extends through 2025. On the other hand, Frank Reich walked away from a five-year contract in August after leading the Colts to three straight playoff appearances despite being forced to replace quarterback Andrew Luck.
Highest-Paid College Football Coaches
As a result, he is now one of the highest-paid college football coaches in the country. In addition to his salary, he also has a hefty buyout package. Alabama’s Nick Saban is on a $39 million buyout, and Jimbo Fisher is under contract until 2031. Former Cal head coach Sonny Dykes ranks 80th on the list with a salary of $1.3 million. His current team, SMU, is 6-0 and ranked No. 23 in the AP Top-25.
Tennessee’s Head Coach
Another high-profile coach is Tennessee’s head coach, Bill Belichick. He will earn about $10.8 million for the 2020-21 season. However, he did not make a list this year, and the salary remains a mystery. The current highest-paid college football coach is Nick Saban, who signed a 10-year, $75 million deal with the University of Tennessee in November. The contract is reportedly worth between $5 million and $7 million per year, and he is considered a perennial contender for the top spot.
Mullen & Orgeron
The SEC has three of the ten highest-paid football coaches of 2021. The SEC has one coach in the top-10 earners. The Big Ten has two. Florida fired Mullen and Orgeron, while SMU hired Shaw. Each coach was paid during the 2019 calendar year. The list is based on the salaries of current head coaches. In addition, some of the most successful coaches in the NCAA are listed, but it does not include the highest-paid players.
The list does not include any former NFL coaches. Almost all of the top 15 have won a championship, but only two were on USA Today’s list in 2017. However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any underpaid or underpaid coaches. For example, the list includes Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers, who won the Super Bowl just once in four years. His contract was extended for another three years after his firing last season. In August, the Atlanta Falcons lured Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma. The list doesn’t include any other current NFL coach and is based on the coaches’ salaries.
The top-paid coach in college football was Nick Saban of Alabama. His extension with the university allowed him to become the top-paid coach in college football. He is averaging $10.6 million per year. That’s enough to make him the most-paid college coach of 2021. A few other coaches on the list can claim higher salaries than him. In the meantime, the salary of Steve Sarkisian may be the highest-paid coach of the decade.
In addition to Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns, Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers and Mark Dantonio of Michigan State don’t appear. While their salaries are much higher than Franklin’s, they do not make the top five. They are expected to earn a total of $6.5 million in 2021. The highest-paid coaches are Mike McCarthy of Florida State and Dan Mullen of the SEC for other teams.
Most Lucrative Conference
The SEC has six coaches who make over $7 million per season. The SEC is the most lucrative conference for college football. At the top of the list are five SEC coaches. Their average salary is nearly $3 million per year. The most winning coach in each conference is Ohio State’s Ryan Day in the Big Ten. The rest of the top-10 are the three coaches in the Pac-12. They are the most lucrative in the Big Ten.
National Championship Winner
The next coach on the list is Lincoln Riley, hired at USC in November. His salary is $38 million per season. His contract buyout is $47 million. His salary is the fourth highest among the Top 25 coaches of the NFL. He is a former Oklahoma head coach. At USC, he has a contract that runs through 2021. He is also a two-time National Championship winner.
Vanderbilt’s Clark Lea
The SEC has five coaches who earn over $7 million. The top-five SEC coaches are in the SEC and win most of their games. Vanderbilt’s Clark Lea is the only coach in the top ten who has a career losing record. He was hired by Vanderbilt in November 2008 and is the only member of the top ten who has a losing record. Aside from that, the SEC has no head coach who is the highest-paid in the SEC.
Kansas’ Lance Leipold
Kansas’ Lance Leipold is the lowest-paid coach in the conference, but he has been at USC for six years and was hired before the 2021 season. In the USA Today Sports salary survey, his salary is $21.5 million. Dickert was hired as an interim head coach at Washington State in October 2021 and has signed a five-year contract worth $13.5 million.
Mack Brown of the North Carolina Tar Heels was the highest-paid coach in the ACC in 2021. His salary in the ACC was the same as his salary in the SEC, but he is the highest-paid coach of the SEC. He is also the top-paid coach in the Pac-12 and the SEC. It is not clear if he will win the national championship in the SEC, but he will indeed be paid more than anyone else.