College Football’s Most Overpaid Head Coaches
5. Mack Brown (Texas): $5.4 Million/Year
Last week, USA Today released its latest college football coaches salaries database. Some huge salaries, like that of Alabama’s Nick Saban ($5.4 million per year), are worth every penny. Others aren’t worth the paper the contracts are written on. We rank college football’s most overpaid coaches in the country by school pay.
Brown makes only $3,352-a-year less than Saban - the highest-paid coach in the country. But while Saban has led the Crimson Tide to three of the last four BCS championships and is gunning for a fourth, Brown has plateaued at Texas.
Since his Longhorns lost to Alabama in the 2010 BCS title game, they’ve gone a pedestrian 29-18. He might have saved his job in leading UT to a 36-20 upset of archival Oklahoma (Brown’s first win against OU since 2009). Earning the money that Texas is paying for that job, however, is another matter entirely.
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4. Tommy Tuberville (Cincinnati): $3.1 Million/Year
Tuberville was one of our least favorite hirings this past offseason, having gone a disappointing 20-17 in three seasons at Texas Tech. His exit from Lubbock - which reportedly included ditching a handful of Red Raiders recruits at dinner - made us further question whether he was worth over $3 million-a-year.
Tuberville’s record at Cincinnati so far (7-2) isn’t bad only because the AAC is so weak. The Bearcats were crushed by a bad Illinois team and lost to previously-winless USF at home. Nothing Tuberville’s done since coaching Auburn’s undefeated team almost a decade ago (2004) makes him worthy of being the FBS’ 15th-highest paid head coach.
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2. Kirk Ferentz (Iowa): $4.0 Million/Year
Iowa is paying Ferentz for what he’s done rather than what he’s currently doing.
The second-winningest coach in school history behind the legendary Hayden Fry, Ferentz has two Orange Bowl berths and four seasons of double-digit wins to his name. Unfortunately, the Hawkeyes have had just one 10-win season since 2004 and two losing seasons in that time span. Since its 2010 Orange Bowl victory, Iowa is a paltry 25-23.
You’d think that Ferentz’s seat would be a toasty one, yet it’s more likely that Iowa will keep him around. After all, it would cost the school $18 million over the next six years to fire him.
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3. Mike London (Virginia): $2.2 Million/Year
If Virginia could go back and undo that two-year contract extension and pay raise it rewarded London with after he guided the Cavaliers to an 8-4 record and Chick-fil-A Bowl berth in 2011, the school would do it in a heartbeat.
Since then, UVA has gone an unsightly 6-16. At 2-8 on the year, the Cavaliers are on pace to finish in the ACC Coastal Division cellar for the second straight season. It’d help London’s cause if they at least did one thing right. Alas, they’re 109th in the FBS in scoring offense and 100th in scoring defense.
And to think: London makes more than Boise State head coach Chris Petersen, who has won two BCS bowl games.
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1. Charlie Weis (Kansas): $2.5 Million/Year
When schools hand head football coaches their big-salary positions, the coaches are expected to become one with the community and do the program proud. Weis has taken the opposite tack at Kansas, basically telling them, “Thanks for the money ... now go f*ck yourselves.”
At Big 12 Media Days in July, Weis called his own team a “pile of crap.” And this was after a rocky first season in Lawrence during which he elected to hold a practice in October without any seniors and clashed with the school newspaper after it had temerity to suggest that the team (which would finish 1-11) was bad.
Oh, and Weis is also receiving an additional $2 million-a-year from Notre Dame as part of his buyout package for a grand total of $4.5 million per year to run fake punts from its own goal line. Yes, Charlie Weis is the most overpaid college football coach at not one, but two schools.
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