Nick Saban, The Seven Million Dollar Man, tops coaching salary list


Not surprisingly, the man who has held the top spot for the last couple of years, and who received a new and improved contract thanks to Texas rumors, sits atop USA Today‘s annual coaching salary list once again.

According to the chart for 2014 released by the newspaper Wednesday, Alabama’s Nick Saban is far and away the top earning coach in college football, with total pay amounting to $7,160,187 in 2014. Saban’s salary increased more than $1.6 million over what he made in 2013. That $1.6 million increase, incidentally, is more than 63 coaches made for the entire 2014 season.

At the opposite end of the spectrum from Saban is Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield, whose total pay in 2014 is $225,000.  To put that into perspective, what USA Today lists as “Other Pay” has the amount of $209,984 under it for Saban.

In what Will Likely come as a surprise to many, or even most, the SEC and, yes, Big Ten have the most coaches in the Top 10 in salaries with four apiece.  In what will likely come as another surprise to many, including me, the highest-paid B1G coach doesn’t call Columbus home… and only Saban will make more than him in 2014.  That coach?  Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio at $5.636 million, although $2 million was a retention bonus he received earlier this year as part of a new contract.

Below are the Top 10 coaching salaries, based on total pay:

1. Alabama’s Nick Saban, $7.16 million
2. Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, $5.636 million
3. Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, $5.058 million
4. Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin, $5.006 million
5. Texas’ Charlie Strong, $5 million
6. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, $4.536 million
7. LSU’s Les Miles, $4.369 million
8. Penn State’s James Franklin, $4.3 million
9. Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, $4.075 million
10. South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, $4 million

The SEC, though, still reigns supreme when it comes to coaching salary as every one of its listed coaches are in the top 34.  The lowest-paid coach from that conference?  Kentucky’s Mark Stoops at $2,701,600, but that’s still more than 87 coaches made this year.

You have to go all the way down to No. 44 on USA Today‘s list to find the first head coach from a Group of Five school: Cincinnati’s Tommy Tuberville at $2.2 million.  SMU’s June Jones was the only other Group of Five coach above the $2 million mark ($2.019 million), although he resigned his position early on in the 2014 season.

There’s just one Power Five head coach who makes less than $1 million, and that’s Rutgers’ Kyle Flood at $987,000.  There are 13 Group of Five head coaches who make more than Flood.

Below are the highest- and lowest-paid head coaches for each of the 10 FBS conferences.

Highest: Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati, $2.2 million
Lowest: Bill Blankenship, Tulsa, $759,436
(No data for Temple’s Matt Rhule)

Highest: Jimbo Fisher, Florida State, $3,591,667
Lowest: Paul Chryst, Pittsburgh, $1,578,757
(No data: Boston College’s Steve Addazio, Wake Forest’s Dave Clawson, Syracuse’s Scott Shafer)

BIG 12
Highest: Bob Stoops, Oklahoma, $5,058,333
Lowest: Paul Rhoads, Iowa State, $1,808,025

Highest: Mark Dantonio, Michigan State, $5,611,845
Lowest: Kyle Flood, Rutgers, $987,000

Highest: Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee State, $803,129
Lowest: Larry Coker, UT-San Antonio, $402,150

Highest: Frank Solich, Ohio, $554,500
Lowest: Dan Enos, Central Michigan, $360,000

Highest: Jim McElwain, Colorado State, $1,500,000
Lowest: Ron Caragher, San Jose State, $525,000

Highest: Chris Petersen, Washington, $3,681,720
Lowest: Mike Riley, Oregon State, $1,510,008
(No data: USC’s Steve Sarkisian)

Highest: Nick Saban, Alabama, $7,160,187
Lowest: Mark Stoops, Kentucky, $2,701,600
(No data: Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason)

Highest: Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette, $1,003,156
Lowest: Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State, $225,000

Former Navy coach Niumatalolo joins UCLA staff

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LOS ANGELES – Former Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo is joining UCLA’s coaching staff as director of leadership.

The school said in an announcement Friday that Niumatalolo will serve as an advisor to the Bruins’ football staff and players.

Niumatalolo led Navy for 15 years and was the winningest coach in school history at 109-83. The Midshipmen, however, finished with losing records the past three seasons, including 4-8 the past two.

Navy played in 10 bowl games under Niumatalolo. He also was the only coach to win his first eight games in the storied Army-Navy rivalry.

Troy, Jon Sumrall agree to new 4-year contract through 2026

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TROY, Ala. ⁠— Jon Sumrall agreed to a new four-year contract as Troy’s coach after leading the Trojans to a Sun Belt Conference championship and national ranking in his debut season.

The school announced the deal, which runs through 2026, but didn’t release details.

The Trojans went 12-2 and won their final 11 games, second only to national champion Georgia, including the league championship game and the Cure Bowl against UTSA. For the first time, they finished a season ranked, ending up 19th in The Associated Press Top 25.

“When we appointed Coach Sumrall in December 2021, we challenged him to return Troy football to the top of the Sun Belt Conference,” Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. said. “It didn’t take long, as the 2022 season was the best in our FBS history.”

Troy held all 14 of its opponents to under their season average in scoring, beating UTSA 18-12. The Trojans beat Coastal Carolina 45-26 in the Sun Belt title game.

“Last year was an amazing accomplishment for everyone associated with Troy football and was the product of relentless effort from our players and staff, athletic administration and university leaders,” Sumrall said.