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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Big 12 head coaches earn five of 17 top salaries in college football

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

USA Today produced its annual report on coaching salaries this week. There were several intriguing nuggets that were present for the Big 12's head coaches in the study.

The Big 12 has five of the 17 highest-paid coaches in college football. Oklahoma's Bob Stoops is second at $4.303 million for this season, trailing only USC's Pete Carroll at $4,386,652.

At the bottom of the Big 12 list is Iowa State's Paul Rhoads, who arguably has done as well as any Big 12 coach considering where his Cyclones are at today. ISU needs only one victory in their last two games to make their first bowl trip since 2005. For that performance, Rhoads is making $950,000.

Here's a list of the Big 12 coaches and their salaries in order, according to USA Today.

1. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma: $4, 303,000 (base $1,350,000) -- record: 5-4. National salary rank, 2.

2. Mack Brown, Texas: $3,060,500 (base $1, 540,000) -- record: 9-0. National salary rank, 8.

3. Mike Leach, Texas Tech: $2,700,000 (base $1,100,000) -- record: 6-3. National salary rank, 12.

4. Gary Pinkel, Missouri: $2,525,000 (base $575,000) -- record: 5-4. National salary rank, 13.

5. Mark Mangino, Kansas: $2,303,500 (base $529,000) -- record: 5-4. National salary rank, 17.

6. Bo Pelini, Nebraska: $1,852,000 (base unknown) -- record: 6-3. National salary rank, 27.

7. Bill Snyder, Kansas State: $1,850,000 (base $1,541,667) -- record: 6-4. National salary rank, 28.

8. Mike Sherman, Texas A&M: $1,801,651 (base $500,001) -- record: 5-4. National salary rank, 31.

9. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State: $1,800,000 (base $375,000) -- record: 7-2. National salary rank,  tied for 32.

10. Dan Hawkins, Colorado: $1,000, 570 (base $174,720) -- record: 3-6. National salary rank, 55.

11. Paul Rhoads, Iowa State: $950,000 (base $250,000) -- record: 5-5. National salary rank, tied for 59.

12. Art Briles, Baylor: $943,830 (base unavailable) -- record: 4-5. National salary rank, 61.