How much are Big Ten coaches making?

December, 9, 2010
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The economy might still be in recovery mode, but FBS head coaches seem to be doing just fine.

USA Today on Wednesday came out with its annual list of coaches' salaries. It includes figures for 10 of the 11 Big Ten leading men (As a private institution, Northwestern doesn't have to make Pat Fitzgerald's salary public).

Let's take a look:

Ron Zook, Illinois: $1,508,500 total compensation (university and non-university); $52,650 maximum bonus

Bill Lynch, Indiana*: $650,000 total compensation; $450,000 maximum bonus

Kirk Ferentz, Iowa: $3,781,000 total compensation; $1,750,000 maximum bonus

Rich Rodriguez, Michigan: $2,525,280 total compensation; $300,000 maximum bonus

Mark Dantonio, Michigan State: $1,796,700 total compensation; $660,000 maximum bonus

Tim Brewster, Minnesota*: $808,000 total compensation, $1,050,000 maximum bonus

Jim Tressel, Ohio State: $3,888,389 total compensation, $450,000 maximum bonus

Joe Paterno, Penn State: $1,109,977 total compensation; maximum bonus not available

Danny Hope, Purdue: $900,000 total compensation; $637,250 maximum bonus

Bret Bielema, Wisconsin: $1,781,759 total compensation; $350,000 maximum bonus

*-fired

Man, I need to sign with Ferentz's agent. Although I've written many times that he's worth every penny, Iowa spent $540,142.86 per victory this season. Ouch.

Dantonio and Bielema were the best bargains in 2010. Michigan State paid $163,336.36 per win, while Wisconsin paid $161,978.09 per victory.

It's interesting to see the bonus breakdowns for the coaches. Brewster clearly was brought back with a very incentive-laden deal, while Zook makes the bulk of his money from his annual salary.

Some other notables:

Jerry Kill^, Northern Illinois: $347,812 total compensation; $205,000 maximum bonus

Bo Pelini, Nebraska: $2,100,000 total compensation; $550,000 maximum bonus

Les Miles, LSU: $3,905,000 total compensation; $400,000 maximum bonus

Chris Petersen, Boise State: $1,494,053 total compensation; $145,000 maximum bonus

Al Golden, Temple: $513,867 total compensation; maximum bonus not available

Mack Brown, Texas: $5,161,500 total compensation; $850,000 maximum bonus

^-Hired Monday as Minnesota's coach

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