No. 12 in the BCS. No. 12 at the bank.
Steve Spurrier commands the 12th-highest salary among his peers, according to USA Today’s annual college football salaries database released Wednesday.
In his ninth season leading South Carolina, Spurrier makes $3,322,500 per year in total pay, which ranks him fifth in his own conference (but second in the SEC East.)
It goes without saying which league makes its member coaches the richest. Alabama’s Nick Saban ($5.5 million total pay) is the highest-paid coach in college football, leading a parade of six SEC coaches in the top 13 and 10 in the top 23.
Texas coach Mack Brown, who spent time earlier this year on the hot seat, is No. 2 overall at $5.45 million. He’s followed by new SEC coaches Bret Bielema at Arkansas (whose $5.2 million take includes a hefty sum of his Wisconsin buyout) and Butch Jones at Tennessee, who makes $4.9 million.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, in his fifth full year leading the Tigers, checks in at No. 28 nationally and third in the ACC with his $2.55 million salary. He’s $5,000 behind first-year N.C. State coach Dave Doeren, and a quarter of a million trailing Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher (No. 21 nationally.)
While Swinney himself is a bit further down the head coaching salary list, it’s in part due to Clemson compensating his right-hand men better than most. Offensive coordinator Chad Morris ($1.3 million) and defensive coordinator Brent Venables ($800,000) combine for more than $2 million annually.
Don’t cry for Swinney, though. In a coinciding story Wednesday, USA Today reported Swinney has trademarked the name “Dabo,” according to his agent Mike Brown, and has a clause in his contract to earn licensing rights through the sale of school merchandise bearing his name.
Swinney’s squad is seventh in the latest BCS Standings, and on a crash course to visit the No. 12 Gamecocks on Nov. 30 at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Assistant coaches salary pools are expected to be released around Thanksgiving, according to USA Today sports reporter Steve Berkowitz.
USA Today also released its athletic director salary database. Clemson’s Dan Radakovich, 11 months into the job, earns $725,000 (No. 17 in the country), while former South Carolina baseball coach Ray Tanner holds down the No. 22 spot at $675,000 guiding the Gamecocks’ athletic department.
University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides earns about $700,000 per year, and Clemson president James Barker is paid about $400,000 annually.
TOP TEN HEAD COACH SALARIES (plus USC, Clemson)
No. 1: Nick Saban, Alabama ($5,545,852)
No. 2: Mack Brown, Texas ($5,453,750)
No. 3: Bret Bielema, Arkansas ($5,158,863)
No. 4: Butch Jones, Tennessee ($4,860,000)
No. 5: Bob Stoops, Oklahoma ($4,773,167)
No. 6: Urban Meyer, Ohio State ($4,608,000)
No. 7: Les Miles, LSU ($4,459,363)
No. 8: Brady Hoke, Michigan ($4,154,000)
No. 9: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa ($3,985,000)
No. 10: Charlie Strong, Louisville ($3,738,500)
No. 12: Steve Spurrier, South Carolina ($3,322,500)
No. 28: Dabo Swinney, Clemson ($2,550,024)