Universities Continue to Spend Big on Head Football Coaches

With the college football season coming to a close with the BCS National Championship, Diverse took a look at 17 universities that recently hired new head coaches and compared their salaries to the former head coaches. Black players make up approximately 55 percent of the football players in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A). Kevin Sumlin, the newly hired head coach for the University of Houston is the only Black to have been chosen as a head coach since the changes started in early December. Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo, a Samoan, is the only other coach of color.

Former Coach

 Salary

New Coach

 Salary

Difference Between Former Salary and New Salary

Guy Morriss

 $      1,114,236

Art Briles

 $      1,800,000

$685,764

Lloyd Carr

 $      1,454,619

Rich Rodriguez

 Contract Not Finalized

Dennis Franchione

 $      2,012,000

Mike Sherman

 $      1,800,000

($212,000)

Bill Callahan

 $      1,690,317

Bo Pelini

 Contract Not Finalized

Ed Orgeron

 $         905,000

Houston Nutt

 $      1,900,000

$995,000

Sonny Lubick

 $         530,000

Steve Fairchild

 $         700,000

$170,000

Chan Gailey

 $      1,009,191

Paul Johnson**

 $      1,700,000

$690,809

Joe Novak

 $         212,496

Jerry Kill

 $         350,000

$137,504

Ted Roof

 $         370,000

David Cutcliffe

 $      1,500,000

$1,130,000

Jeff Bower

 $         349,983

Larry Fedora

 $         700,000

$350,017

Houston Nutt

 $      1,049,644

Bobby Petrino

 $      2,850,000

$1,800,356

Bill Doba

 $         599,042

Paul Wulff

 $         500,000

($99,042)

Art Briles

 $         900,000

Kevin Sumlin

 Contract Info Not Released

Karl Dorrell

 $         881,000

Rick Neuheisel

 $      1,250,000

$369,000

Phil Bennett

$495,652

June Jones

$2,000,000

$1,504,348

Paul Johnson

 $      1,100,000

Ken Niumatalolo

 Contract Info Not Released

Rich Rodriguez

 $      1,800,000

Bill Stewart

$800,000

($1,000,000)

**Paul Johnson’s salary incorporates his base salary of $1.5 million and his $200,000 signing bonus

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