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2009 Division 1 College Football Coaches’ Salaries

July 30, 2009

Following up with their recent Football Bowl Subdivision revenue blog post, the Orlando Sentinel is back at it again.

This time they are diving into college football coaches’ salaries. And after some in-depth research, what Iliana Limon found is obscene.

For example, Alabama will pay Nick Saban and his Alabama assistants $6.5 million this season. She states that if they reach the SEC title game and go to a bowl, then the school will be paying the staff a minimum of $464,285 per game.

Limon claims that $6.5 million dollars is ‘more money than 32 Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) programs spent on their entire teams in 2007-08.’ Here is the list of what all of the non-BCS schools spend with those 32 schools denoted by an asterisks – LINK -.

Read the entire post from Iliana Limon by clicking here – LINK -.

(Click to see all of the Division 1 coaches’ salaries here)

Coach, school Conf. Salary*
1. Pete Carroll, USC Pac-10 $4,400,000
2. Charlie Weis, Notre Dame Ind. $4,200,000
3. Nick Saban, Alabama SEC $3,900,000
4. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma Big 12 $3,800,000
5. Les Miles, LSU SEC $3,800,000
6. Jim Tressel, Ohio State Big Ten $3,500,000
7. Urban Meyer, Florida SEC $3,400,000
8. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa Big Ten $3,030,000
9. Mack Brown, Texas Big 12 $2,910,000
10. Bobby Petrino, Arkansas SEC $2,900,000
11. Mark Richt, Georgia SEC $2,900,000
T12. Rich Rodriguez, Michigan Big Ten $2,500,000
T12. Bobby Bowden, Florida State ACC $2,500,000
T12. Gary Pinkel, Missouri Big 12 $2,500,000
T12. Houston Nutt, Ole Miss SEC $2,500,000
T16. Mark Mangino, Kansas Big 12 $2,300,000
T16. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech ACC $2,300,000
18. Greg Schiano, Rutgers Big East $2,250,000
T19. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech ACC $2,100,000
T19. Butch Davis, North Carolina ACC $2,100,000
T21. June Jones, SMU C-USA $2,000,000
T21. Lane Kiffin, Tennessee SEC $2,000,000
T21. Gene Chizik, Auburn SEC $2,000,000
24. Al Groh, Virginia ACC $1,875,000
25. Bo Pelini, Nebraska Big 12 $1,851,000

**Source:, gathered from contracts and media reports

College Football’s Top 100 Coaches

April 16, 2009

The fine Dixie Fried Sports website has compiled their list of the Top 100 coaches in college football today. They emphasize today as the coaches’ all-time resumes have absolutely nothing to do where they stand on this list. Bo Pelini came in at #23 with Bob Stoops (#4), Mack Brown (#9), and Mike Leach (#15) as the only Big XII coaches ranked ahead of him. The best part about the list – Bill Snyder came in at #31 while Gary Pinkel came in at #41. Keep being awesome guys. To read the entire rankings, click here. And here’s what they had to say about Pelini,

#23. Bo Pelini (10-4 at Nebraska and overall)- In 2019 when we make this list Pelini might be in the top 5. There are few defensive minds better than Pelini and soon it will start to show in Lincoln. The Blackshirts will be back and Pelini will have Nebraska in a BCS bowl very soon. Pelini has led top defenses at Nebraska, Oklahoma, and LSU as a DC. Toughness is back in Lincoln and will stay there for a long time.

2019? Fellas, you know we can’t wait that long.

Jim Leavitt’s 40-Yard Dash

April 10, 2009

It looks like a diet consisting of candy bars and Mountain Dew is now becoming the new breakfast of champions. South Florida coach Jim Leavitt was challenged by the sports information department to run an official 40-yard dash yesterday, which is part of a promotion for the USF spring football game. The 52-year-old Leavitt clocked in at a pretty impressive 5.72 seconds. Students will participate in a mock combine before the spring game and will receive a free t-shirt if they can beat Leavitt’s time. The coach claims to have been around a 4.7 during his playing days at Missouri. Lace ’em up, Bo. And you might want to get about 20,000 t-shirts ready for print.

Will Jim Leavitt Come Calling On Mike Ekeler Again?

February 26, 2009

Illinois defensive coordinator Dan Disch has turned down Jim Leavitt’s offer to become the new defensive coordinator at South Florida.

It appears, however, Mike Ekeler is already out of the picture. According to the Brett McMurphy at Tampa Bay Online, Ekeler turned down Jim Leavitt before the job was offered to Dan Disch. Leavitt has also interviewed former Cincinatti coach Joe Tressey, who was never offered.

Coaching at Nebraska with the Pelinis certainly would be a dream job for almost any position coach in college football. Emphasize the word position coach. I’m not exactly sure why Ekeler would turn down a coordinator position in the Big East Conference with an old friend that will clearly be more lucrative than his $120,000 salary at Nebraska. (According to the LJS, Wally Burnham, who was the defensive coordinator that just left South Florida for Iowa State, was making $220,000.) This isn’t exactly a lateral move for Ekeler. Jim Leavitt, who is 52 years of age (surprising, huh?), will probably be around for as long as he wants at South Florida which means that the head coaching job there is probably not very realistic down the road for Ekeler. Still, it’s all about moving up the ladder if you are Ekeler and want to be a head coach someday.

If Ekeler had any second thoughts about turning down the job the first time around, then now is his golden opportunity to seize the moment. Ekeler is a great coach and a great recruiter, and we need him at Nebraska for our own selfish needs. Chances like this don’t come around the corner all the time, but I’ll be shocked if he changes his mind the second time around.

Mike Ekeler Remains Grounded In Nebraska

February 25, 2009

South Florida coach Jim Leavitt has decided not to jump on Mike Ekeler as his new defensive coordinator. Although Ekeler interviewed last Saturday and was thought to be a leading candidate, Leavitt will offer the Bulls’ opening to Illinois co-defensive coordinator Dan Disch. Disch, who was in his fourth year at Illinois, coached with Ron Zook at Florida and was a longtime high school coach in Jacksonville, FL, where he is considered to be an ace recruiter. Disch will be replacing 67-year-old Wally Burnham, who took the same job at Iowa State to coach with newbie Paul Rhoads. Burnham is considered to be a great catch for Rhoads at Iowa State as he has worked 23 seasons at Florida State, South Carolina, and South Florida and has one National Championship ring with the Seminoles.

This all means that Head Cheerleader/Assistant Coach/Linebackers Coach Mike Ekeler won’t be going anywhere for the 2009 season. Okay Ekeler, since you are no longer going anywhere, why don’t you head down to the local tattoo parlor and have ‘David Oku’ temporarily inked to your forehead kind of like you did with Will Compton. It’s the least you can do after threatening to leave.

Is there an ‘F’ in Stoops?

January 5, 2009

A recent study released by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) detailing graduation rates for this year’s college bowl teams has been posted on several websites.

At the top of the list of programs graduating a high percentage of players are the usual suspects. Notre Dame, Navy, Air Force, Boston College, Vanderbilt, and Northwestern are all at the top of the list. Nebraska is near the top graduating 78% of its football players.

The three programs graduating the lowest percentage of players are (in order) Arizona, Hawaii, and Oklahoma. All three graduate less than 46% of their players. Congrats to the Stoops brothers for making sure they put the “student” in “student-athlete.” Having some of the lowest graduation rates makes some sense for programs placing a high percentage of underclassmen in the NFL.

That might explain how Oklahoma is ranked so low. But Arizona? That program’s been doomed since Sports Illustrated featured the “Desert Swarm” defense on the cover of its 1994 college preview edition.

On a positive note, Mark Stoops, currently Mike’s defensive coordinator, looks like a perfect fit at Hawaii, should that job ever open up.

The Brandon Rigoni vs. Mark Manning Duel

October 25, 2008

This is great. Former Husker special teams standout Brandon Rigoni and current Husker wrestling coach Mark Manning had a battle for the ages yesterday at practice. The bet was that Manning could not stop Rigoni from scoring five times in five attempts from the three yard line.

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t think it was remotely possible that Manning was going to stop that missile coming at him full speed. I clearly remember when all 180 pounds of Rigoni used to single handily blow up opponent’s wedges on kickoffs in his sleep. Although Rigoni put together three highlights in his first three attempts including a four yard front flip, he clearly forgot the objective of his mission on the fourth attempt: don’t get clowned by the wrestling coach in front of the entire football team. You got to love how Doc Sadler was there in attendance with his suit and tie showing his support. You also got to love how Tom Osborne was not only there, but there to hand out the trophy. Amazing how much the atmosphere has changed in and around the football program in less than an year.

Well done Mark Manning.

Coaching 101

October 17, 2008

It’s unfortunate that Bobby is the only Bowden left nowadays. Nobody does it better.

Scouting USC – Inside Pete Carroll

August 23, 2007

From my favorite USC site Trojan Football Analysis.

What he learned from John Wooden while out of coaching:

“It was a pretty profound moment — one thing in that book just hit me,” said Carroll, now entering his seventh season with the Trojans. “Coach Wooden talked about how it took him 17 years to win his first national championship, but when he figured it out he won 10 national championships in the next 11 years.

“It hit me because once he ‘got it,’ he had it down. That’s what I set out to accomplish.”

On the foundation of his philosophy:

Through his thought process, a main focus rose to the top — competition — and it’s been the foundation of the program ever since.

“When I really soul-searched, I realized that when it all came down to it, I was a competitor,” Carroll said. “That’s me, it’s what I’ve been my whole life. I had to be true to who I was, I couldn’t pretend to be someone or something I’m not. So the central theme had to be what I believed in and lived out in my life.”

On his three basic team rules:

At the first meeting of every spring and fall, Carroll lays out three rules for his team, which form the foundation for all actions and attitudes he expects his players to follow.

One, protect the team. Two, no whining, no complaining, no excuses. Three, be early.

“I really like the ‘three rules,’ because it makes everything very, very clear to our players and coaches,” Carroll said. “It’s another idea I got from Coach Wooden, and I’ve seen it work exceptionally well.”

On the importance of turnovers:

Carroll also emphasizes his motto, “It’s all about the ball.” Causing turnovers on defense and preventing them on offense are almost always the reason for a win or loss. The importance Carroll puts on the ball has developed the Trojans into what could arguably be called the best turnover team in the history of football, as the Trojans have a plus-94 turnover ratio in the last six years.

“When you force a lot of turnovers and don’t give the ball up, you’re putting yourself in position to win every game,” Carroll said. “If you make the game all about what you can control, then the outcome is essentially in your hands every time.”

Accentuating the Positive:

Another key aspect to Carroll’s ideology is his emphasis on maintaining a positive attitude and approaching all challenges and triumphs as an opportunity to grow and get better. “Eliminate all negatives,” Carroll says.

“I learned from [former North Carolina State basketball coach] Jim Valvano that you should never allow for negatives,” Carroll said. “It doesn’t matter what the issue is or what the obstacle is, there are no negatives. And through that, you can look at everything as a special opportunity to improve, reflect on, or just sit back and enjoy.”

On Practice:

We practice fast and compete every minute so that our players will be more than ready for the game,” Carroll said. “What they see at practice is hopefully going to challenge us more than anyone else we’re going to play against.

“It’s simple: Compete and put in the effort at practice, and gameday will just fall into line.”

The Difference?

Focusing on taking games one play at a time, one series at a time, one quarter at a time — another important element to Carroll’s philosophy — is emphasized at practice, along with finishing every one of those plays, series, quarters to the very end. “Finish” has become a motto of the strength and conditioning program, as well as the team.

Ranking the Coaches Based on…Um, Coaching

June 21, 2007

I’m sure many of you remember Tom Dienhart’s attempt at ranking all of the BCS coaches. Like most of Dienhart’s columns the piece seemed to be based on little other than personal opinion. That’s fine as he gets paid to have an opinion, but there had to be a more scientific approach to the endeavor.

Well, it turns out there was a better approach, like the one taken by LD at the The Corporate Headquarters of the San Antonio Gunslingers.

LD based his rankings on several key factors:

National Titles
Conference Titles
Winning Percentage
Winning Percentage As Against School’s Historic Winning Percentage

I’ve said it before, but this is another example of how the mainstream media gets outdone by bloggers. Anyway, you can see the spreadsheet of LD’s rankings here.

Here are some of LD’s comments related to Nebraska and Bill Callahan

Winning Percentage As Against School’s Historic Winning Percentage:

Biggest upgrade by Dienhart from where a coach would be rated by this objective category: Bill Callahan (from 50th up to 21st).

Coaches upgraded by Dienhart by more than 10 spots (my guess at a reason, and here I don’t consider a bad program as a good reason since it’s already accounted for): Hawkins (small sample), Bobby Johnson (???), Bill Callahan (???), Mark Mangino (???), Greg Schiano (???), Jim Leavitt (Shouldn’t be listed here – he’s the only coach at the program, so his comparison to history is neutral), Houston Nutt (???), Lloyd Carr (title), Kirk Ferentz (???), Tom O’Brien (???), Tommy Tuberville (???, near-title?), Frank Beamer (longevity), Nick Saban (title), Mack Brown (title), Rich Rodriguez (???), Jim Tressel (title).

Looking at the various objective criteria, I think Dienhart overrates and underrates a few coaches, based upon their accomplishments.

OVERRATED: Mark Mangino, Bill Callahan, Bobby Johnson, Rich Rodriguez, Kirk Ferentz, Tom O’Brien.

UNDERRATED: Phil Fulmer, Ralph Friedgen, Mark Richt, Charlie Weis, Jeff Tedford, Les Miles, Tommy Bowden, Bret Bielema, Tyrone Willingham, Karl Dorrell, Bill Doba.

A few more specific nits to pick considering all the categories discussed:

Houston Nutt at #20 isn’t defensible. Guys behind him that best or equal him in every category: Tedford, Richt, Leach, Friedgen, Fulmer, Tiller, Bielema, Miles. Nutt’s objective rankings put him right in line with Tommy Bowden, whom Dienhart ranks 47th (though, arguably he shouldn’t be that low).

Matt at Statistically Speaking also introduced another variable into attempts at rating coaches. He created a formula that looks like this:

Win % Last Season (50%) + Win % 2 Yrs Ago (20%) + Win % 3 Yrs Ago (10%) + .500 (20%)

The four components are winning percentage for the previous three seasons; with each season decreasing in importance as the distance from the current season increases and the final component is a winning percentage of .500 as teams tend to trend towards .500. Including this component ensures we don’t penalize coaches coming off undefeated seasons because improving upon a 100% winning percentage is impossible. Additionally, we don’t reward coaches who go winless because we assume they will improve at least marginally. Next we just subtract the team’s expected winning percentage from their actual winning percentage. This number is the coach’s rating.

Here are the best and worst coaches in each conference according to Matt’s formula:


Jim Grobe (Wake Forest) +.389

Big East
Greg Schiano (Rutgers) +.340

Big 10
Bret Bielema (Wisconsin) +.235

Big 12
Dennis Franchione (Texas A&M) +.215

Pac 10
Mike Riley (Oregon State) +.208

Rich Brooks (Kentucky) +.309

Conference USA
Todd Graham (Rice) +.296

Frank Solich (Ohio) +.271

Mountain West
Bronco Mendenhall (BYU) +.372

Sun Belt
Larry Blakeney (Troy) +.166

Dick Tomey (San Jose State) +.392


Chuck Amato (NC State) -.294

Big East
Randy Edsall (Connecticut) -.203

Big 10
Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern) -.205

Big 12
Dan Hawkins (Colorado) -.367

Pac 10
Walt Harris (Stanford) -.354

Mike Shula (Alabama) -.185

Conference USA
Tommy West (Memphis) -.427

Shane Montgomery (Miami, Ohio) -.467

Mountain West
Chuck Long (San Diego State) -.181

Sun Belt
Darrell Dickey (North Texas) -.127

Jack Bicknell (Louisiana Tech) -.329

Obviously neither of these systems is perfect, but they have to be better attempts than what Dienhart and most pundits provide.