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Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Is Mack Brown really underpaid at Texas?

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Posted by's Tim Griffin

Everybody knows that Mack Brown has one of the top coaching contracts in the nation. According to the Web site, which maintains the most extensive database of coaching contracts I know, Brown is 10th with a yearly salary of $2.751 million this season.

The Web site also makes a unique comparison (pay site) when it figures that coaching salary as a percentage of the school's total football revenues. And with those ramifications in place, Brown actually is underpaid compared to every other coach across the Big 12 conference and is the second-most underpaid coach in the country behind only Mark Richt of Georgia. figures that 7.5 percent of the football budget should be devoted to a head coaching salary. And it then compares how that figure would look with what salary each Big 12 coach is actually being paid.

Here's an eye-opening look at the chart for the 2008 season. As a matter of comparison, both Gene Chizik at Iowa State and Ron Prince at Kansas State are included in the list, although both no longer are head coaches in the conference.

Big 12 Coaching Salaries
Coach, SchoolSalaryFB Revenue% of BudgetSalary at 7.5%Difference
Art Briles, Baylor $1.8M $12.0M
15.0 $900,000 +$900,000
Bob Stoops, Oklahoma $3.8M $40.0M 9.5 $3.0M+$800,000
Mark Mangino, Kansas $1.52M $15.0M10.16 $1.125M +$399,000
Gary Pinkel, Missouri $1.8M $20.0M 9.25 $1.5M +$350,000
Gene Chizik, ISU $1.02M $12.0M8.54 $900,000 +$125,000
Mike Leach, Texas Tech $1.662M $23.0M7.23 $1.725M-$63,000
Mike Gundy, OSU $1.0M $23.0M 4.56 $1.725M -$675,000
Dan Hawkins, Colorado $936,000 $25.0M 3.74 $1.875M-$939,000
Ron Prince, Kansas St. $755,000 $24.0M 3.15 $1.8M-$1.045M
Bo Pelini, Nebraska $1.1M $30.0M3.67 $2.225M -$1.125M
Mike Sherman, A&M $1.8M $42.0M 4.29 $3.15M-$1.35M
Mack Brown, Texas $2.751M $70.0M 3.93 $5.25M-$2.49M
* Football revenues come from Department of Education Equity in Athletics Web site.
Note: Pinkel, Gundy and Hawkins all have received raises since these figures were generated.