To no surprise, Alabama's Nick Saban tops the chart with a salary of $5,545,852 for 2012. Along with Arkansas’ Bret Bielema, the only other $5 million coach is Texas’ Mack Brown. Interestingly, the Associated Press reported this week that Saban’s agent told Texas officials that Texas was the only school he would consider leaving Alabama for. To get Saban, the Longhorns would probably have to pony up a lot more than the $5.39 million he is making.
Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops remain in the top five in coaching salary with an income of $4.74 million.
All told, the Big 12 has six coaches whose salaries rank in the Top 25.
Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy is at $3.45 million after getting close to a $200,000 raise during the summer. Gundy’s salary ranks 11th nationally.
The only other coach in the Big 12 above the $3 million barrier is Gary Patterson. The TCU coach makes $3,120,760.
Kansas State’s Bill Snyder ($2.80 million) and West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen ($2.63 million) are the other two Big 12 coaches whose salaries rank in the Top 25.
Wonder why Baylor coach Art Briles might consider leaving? According to USA TODAY, he gets paid less than Kansas coach Charlie Weis, who makes $2.50 million. Briles earns just $2,426,360, which ranks 34th nationally. The Bears will probably have to ante up again to keep Briles in Waco, especially if the Longhorns come calling down the line (USA TODAY didn’t list any bonuses Briles might be eligible for).
There’s a sizeable drop-off to the final two Big 12 coaches. Kliff Kingsbury gets paid $1.86 million, though that’s sure to go up soon enough with the energy he’s brought to Texas Tech’s football program. Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads is last in the league with a salary of $1.71 million. Rhoads is still the 59th-highest paid coach in college football, ahead of Big Ten coaches Tim Beckman (Illinois), Kevin Wilson (Indiana) and Jerry Kill (Minnesota).