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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

I finally got around to reading the N.Y. Times Sunday sports section last night, and there there was an interesting article on college football coaches' salaries. Right now, eight Division 1-A football coaches make more than $2 million per year, and that number is expected to increase to between 12 and 15 by next year.

Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione believes that the $2.5 million salary for coach Bob Stoops is a bargain, considering the football program brings in $42 million, which is 70 percent of the school's entire athletic budget:

"The value is obvious. So why not apply a good business strategy? From a business standpoint, we can justify every pennt we pay Bob."

Here's the most recent list I could find of college football coaching contracts, compiled by Sports Illustrated's Mike Fish. I realize there's been some movement on the list recently, with Urban Meyer going to Florida and with Les Miles taking Nick Saban's job at LSU.

But the list gives a good overview of what college coaches are earning.


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