Earlier this week, USA Today published salary info for each coach in FBS. Alabama’s Nick Saban topped the list at $8,307,000. Nowhere near the top of the list, you will find the head coaches of C-USA football teams. Regardless, some of the data presented paints an interesting picture for fans of the league.
Keep in mind that no data is available for Mike Bloomgren at Rice since that’s a private school.
Here are a few notable finds relating to C-USA...
Highest Salary: Seth Littrell, North Texas Mean Green - $1,425,000
Lowest Salary: Jay Hopson, Southern Miss Golden Eagles - $500,000
Highest Buyout: Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders - $6,633,774
Most Bonus Money Earned: Bill Clark, UAB Blazers - $165,471
Biggest Max Bonus: Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic Owls - $1,150,000
Here’s the complete list of USA Today’s findings for C-USA:
Littrell saw his salary jump from $991,416 in 2017 to nearly $1.5 million this season. UTSA’s Frank Wilson saw a jump from $835,000 in 2016 to $1,137,500 in 2017, but that number dropped to $1,100,000 this year. Rick Stockstill has the highest buyout, presumably because of his long tenure at MTSU. After bringing UAB back from the dead and all the way to eight wins and a bowl appearance, Bill Clark has earned a nice chunk of bonus money. FAU’s conference championship season last year sets up Lane Kiffin for a significantly more bonus opportunities than any of his fellow coaches in the league.
Brad Lambert has the smallest buyout of any coach in the league. It almost seems fitting as a new administration and years of losses by Charlotte could see his tenure at the school come to an end soon.
It’s always interesting to see how these numbers change from year to year. If this list is very shuffled next year, it wouldn’t be too surprising.