Do you like college sports? Do you have a favorite team? If you like watching NCAA football or men’s basketball, the odds are good that the coach of your favorite team is the highest paid public employee in the state!
That may not be much of a surprise to you; after all, it’s no secret that college athletics is big business. But just how big are we talking? How much can the biggest schools in sports afford to spend on their coaches? When you factor in money from merchandise, prizes, donations, and ticket sales, as well as increased tuition from a growing population of incoming freshmen who want to attend big, winning universities, it’s easy to see that colleges stand to make huge sums of money on successful athletic programs.
Of course, it takes money to make money, and a large investment in a top-notch coach can make the difference between being in the green this season, and being in the red. Just how much are colleges willing to invest in a winning coach? That’s what this article seeks to answer.
We have ranked the top 25 highest paid college coaches of today, according to their current contract salaries. Rather than catalog the “highest earning” coaches, this list is unique because it focuses solely on the base salary of the coaches as defined in their contracts. So, it looks at how much their respective universities pay them on contract, annually, rather than how much they are making across the board. Due to the sheer popularity of football and men’s basketball, all of the coaches on the list are in one of those two sports.
Did your favorite college coach make the list? Read on to find out…