Analyzing the ACC's moneymakers

November, 18, 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.



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