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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 16, 2011 at 3:34 PM

A look at Pac-12 coaching salaries

USA Today is releasing its annual package on college football salaries for tomorrow’s print edition.

But the on-line version is already available, and here it is.

The general theme of the story is that coaching salaries simply continue to rise, the average major college coach making $1.47 million per year, up 55 percent since 2006.

The list, however, does not include those of coaches from private schools, who are not bound to release such information. That includes two Pac-12 schools — USC and Stanford.

Here’s the list of the other Pac-12 coaches in order of what the newspaper lists as “total pay.”

1, Chip Kelly, Oregon, $2.8 million
2, Jeff Tedford, Cal, $2.3 million
3, Steve Sarkisian, Washington, $2.25 million
4, Kyle Whittingham, Utah, $1.7 million
5, Dennis Erickson, Arizona State, $1.5 million
6, Mike Stoops, Arizona, $1.465 million
7, Mike Riley, Oregon State, $1.31 million
8, Rick Neuheisel, UCLA, $1.285 million
9, Jon Embree, Colorado, $725,000
10, Paul Wulff, Washington State, $600,050

USC’s Lane Kiffin is probably the highest-paid coach, one report last year saying he makes as much as $4 million a year. I haven’t seen much speculation on Stanford’s David Shaw, but I’d doubt he’s near the top given that school’s history in that regard (generally thought to be low rent for football) and his lack of previous head coaching experience.

One reason salaries continue to rise is that most coaches sign contracts that escalate annually. That’s the case with Sarkisian, who got an extension following last season through 2015 that will pay him $2.85 million in the last year of the deal (details of that here).

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