Big Ten coaches among highest paid in college football

Big Ten coaches among highest paid in college football
November 6, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Vinnie Duber

When it comes to paying coaches the big bucks, the Big Ten is one of the big dogs.

USA Today released its annual list of college football coaches' salaries, and three Big Ten coaches rank among the nation's 10 highest paid. Ohio State's Urban Meyer makes more than any coach in the conference, taking home a total salary of $4.608 million, which ranks sixth-highest in the country. Michigan's Brady Hoke and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz rank eighth and ninth, respectively, with incomes of $4.154 million for Hoke and $3.985 million for Ferentz.

Two more Big Ten coaches rank in the top 20, with Penn State's Bill O'Brien at No. 14 and Nebraska's Bo Pelini at No. 18.

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Local coaches rank further on down the list. Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald is the 41st highest paid coach in the nation, earning $2,221,153, while Illinois' Tim Beckman ranks 60th with his $1.7 million salary.

When it comes to the highest paid coach in college football, that's unsurprisingly Alabama's Nick Saban, who will make $5,545,852 in 2013. Texas' Mack Brown, Arkansas Bret Bielema, Tennessee's Butch Jones and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops round out the national top five. Data for seven of the 126 FBS schools, including Stanford, was unavailable.