From Dabo Swinney, Nick Saban and Ed Orgeron, these are the 25 highest-paid coaches in college football for the 2020 season. Who is the most overpaid?
College football coaches are notoriously private when it comes to their personal lives. This usually leads to stories shared among students, leading to legendary auras from these coaches.
The one good thing about college contracts is they are usually state employees, which leads to open-record laws that force their salary to be released. This allows us to see just how much they top coaches in the country are taking in each year.
There are salaries that will surprise you, and others that will utterly shock you. Everyone on this list is making more than $4 million. That’s the price Rutgers paid to new head coach Greg Schiano, making him the highest-salaried state employee in state history. He didn’t even make this list.
Before getting into the top 25 highest-paid college football coaches for the 2020 season, let’s take a second to talk about Mark Dantonio who will get paid $4.3 million to not coach this year.
Honorable Mention: Mark Dantonio – Michigan State
- 2020 Salary: $4.3 million
Michigan State had a clause in Mark Dantonio’s contract that paid him $4.3 million if he was still the head coach in January. He was indeed the coach in January and announced that he would be stepping down as the university’s head coach on Feb. 4. Dantonio spent 13 seasons at Michigan State and took the Spartans to their only College Football Playoff appearance.
Dantonio now gets to spend his entire season just hanging out, and maybe doing some things on the side for the university. For that, he will make a similar amount of money as he did all of last year. That feels like highway robbery. Either way, now the Spartans have to pay someone else on top of the monster salary for Dantonio.