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
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