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Analyzing the ACC's moneymakers

11/17/2011

USA Today's popular college football coach salary database was recently released, and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is one of the nation's top 15 highest-paid coaches. Based on the coaches' total pay, here's how the ACC coaches stack up:

  1. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State — $2,750,000

  2. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech — $2,369,000

  3. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech — $2,328,000

  4. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest — $2,275,545

  5. Randy Edsall, Maryland — $2,013,440

  6. Tom O'Brien, NC State — $1,877,950

  7. Dabo Swinney, Clemson — $1,846,333

  8. Mike London, Virginia — $1,794,679

  9. David Cutcliffe, Duke — $1,762,895

  10. Frank Spaziani, Boston College — $1,079,410

  11. Everett Withers, North Carolina — $500,000

  12. Al Golden, Miami — N/A

Makes no cents: Randy Edsall. Maryland's athletic department is so broke it is reportedly considering cutting eight sports, yet the Terps are dishing out the fifth-highest salary in the ACC for a two-win team.

Priceless: Frank Beamer. Eighteen consecutive bowl appearances, four ACC titles, four ACC Coastal Division crowns, three Big East conference titles, two “major” bowl victories and a trip to the national championship game. Priceless.

As good as gold: Jim Grobe. What 3-9 season? The man is practically tenured at Wake Forest, as he should be.

Penny for your thoughts: What is Al Golden really thinking? With possible NCAA sanctions looming over the Miami program, how many discussions will center around his contract this offseason?

Show me the money: Dabo Swinney. Two Atlantic Division titles in three years and an offensive coordinator he can't afford to lose.

Sweeten the pot: Mike London. Virginia is bowl-eligible for the first time since 2007. In contention for the Coastal Division title in his second season. London is ahead of schedule.

Don't bite the hand that feeds you: Everett Withers. That contract is on a clock.

Laughing all the way to the bank: Jimbo Fisher. Two years as a head coach and already in the same company as Mack Brown, Nick Saban, Bob Stoops and Les Miles, who are also ranked among the top 15 highest-paid coaches in the country.