- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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If a national championship could be bought, Clemson is certainly willing to pay for one in the form of its coaches' salaries.
Clemson has spared no expense when it comes to paying its football staff, according to a recent USA Today report on the salaries of college football coaches and their staffs.
Once USC defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin leaves, Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris will likely be the nation's highest-paid assistant. He is currently second to Kiffin ($1.5 million) and tops among public-school assistants at $1.3 million. No wonder Morris is going to be selective when looking for his first head-coaching job. According to USA Today, Morris is making more than half of the FBS head coaches this season and more than 41 entire assistant-coaching staffs.
Not bad, considering he was making just $125,000 as a high school coach three years ago (still an absurd number for a high school football coach).
Morris isn't the only one on staff making the big bucks:
Clemson also has the seventh-highest paid assistant, defensive coordinator Brent Venables, who is making $800,000 this season after making less than $450,000 last season as Oklahoma's defensive coordinator.
Clemson's assistants -- at a combined total of more than $4.2 million, including outside income -- are the highest-paid group among the 102 public schools for which USA TODAY Sports could obtain 2012 pay information for at least eight of the nine assistants generally allowed by NCAA rules.
When it comes to head coaches, though, Clemson's Dabo Swinney isn't exactly sitting at the same table as Nick Saban. In fact, he's not even the highest-paid coach in the ACC. Take a look at the ACC's moneymen, according to USA Today Sports:
Jimbo Fisher, Florida State: $2,750,000
Mike London, Virginia: $2,556,460
Larry Fedora, North Carolina: $2,448,605
Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech: $2,445,700
Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech: $2,428,000
Jim Grobe, Wake Forest: $2,254,798
Dabo Swinney, Clemson: $2,050,024
Tom O'Brien, NC State: $1,936,225 (since fired)
David Cutcliffe, Duke: $1,788,523
Randy Edsall, Maryland: $1,604,000
Frank Spaziani, Boston College: $1,094,976 (since fired)
Al Golden, Miami: N/A
Now that you've seen the salaries, compare them with each coaches' winning percentage at his respective school. Sometimes, the math just doesn't add up.
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