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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
A look at SEC coaching salaries

By staff

USA Today has conducted its annual study of salaries in college football, including head coaches and assistant coaches.

Once again, Alabama’s Nick Saban was the SEC’s highest paid coach, earning $4,833,333 this season, according to USA Today.

Saban was second nationally to Texas’ Mack Brown, who made $5.19 million.

According to USA Today’s research, of the 10 highest paid head coaches in the country (at public institutions), six were from the SEC.

LSU’s Les Miles was fourth at $3,856,417. Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino was sixth at $3,638,000, while Auburn’s Gene Chizik was seventh at $3,500,000, Florida’s Will Muschamp ninth at $3,221,000 and Georgia’s Mark Richt 10th at $2,939,800.

Auburn’s nine assistant coaches earned $4.2 million this season, making the Tigers the highest paid staff in college football.

Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, who’s leaving to take the head-coaching job at Arkansas State, was the country’s highest paid assistant at $1.3 million.

There were six $3 million staffs in college football this season, and the SEC had five of them. In addition to Auburn, LSU paid its assistants $3,782,869, followed by Alabama at $3,686,350, Tennessee at $3,200,800 and Florida at $3,120,500.

Seven of LSU’s nine assistant coaches made more than $300,000 this season, including three who made more than $500,000.

Obviously, not everybody in the SEC could afford to pay that kind of cash. At Mississippi State, defensive coordinator Chris Wilson was the highest paid assistant at $300,000.

Even at South Carolina, five of the Gamecocks’ nine assistants made less than $200,000.

Here’s a look at what the SEC head coaches made this season. Vanderbilt is a private institution and doesn’t release its salary figures:
Here's a look at what each SEC school paid its staff in 2011, including the head coaches:
Here's a look at the 10 highest paid assistant coaches in the SEC this season. Four of the 10 (Malzahn, Weis, Johnson and McElwain) recently took head coaching jobs at other schools: