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Bob Stoops, Mike Gundy among highest paid coaches in college football

by Erik Horne Published: November 6, 2013

Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy are two of the most well-paid coaches in college football.
Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy are two of the most well-paid coaches in college football.

Mike Krzyzewski is sitting pretty at Duke, Vanderbilt’s athletic director is a very well-compensated man and Nick Saban owns college football on the field and in the bank book.

Oh, Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy aren’t doing too bad themselves when it comes to annual cash flow.

USA Today released a list of the NCAA’s highest paid coaches in men’s basketball and football, as well as the best paid athletic directors. Stoops comes in at $4,773,167 in total pay, which ranks him fifth among all coaches in college football.

Saban, who’s won three of the last four national championships at Alabama, is No. 1 in college football, raking in $5,545,852. That’s no surprise, but it’s the guys in between Saban and Stoops that may stun you a little.

Texas coach Mack Brown is second at $5,453,750, followed by Arkansas’ Brett Bielema, who completes the $5 million club with $5,158,863. With Tennessee’s Butch Jones at No. 4 ($4,860,000), Southeastern Conference coaches occupy three of the top four spots on the list.

Gundy’s not far off the trail, ranking 11th on the list at $3,450,000. With maximum bonuses, however, Gundy’s total pay could jump to $4 million. Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship ranks 86th on the list with an annual salary of $619,549.

It shouldn’t be a shocker that Krzyzewski is the top earner in college basketball, but he’s also the top paid coach in all of college, raking in more than $7 million in total pay — more than $3 million more than Louisville’s Rick Pitino. OSU coach Travis Ford can stand alongside Gundy at No. 11 on his list with $2,275,000 in earnings, while OU’s Lon Kruger is 15th ($2,100,000).

Vanderbilt’s David Williams is the highest paid AD in the nation at $3,239,678. That seems high considering the next closest guy — Tom Jurich of Louisville — isn’t bringing in half of that. OU’s Joe Castiglione is ninth at a cool $1 million and OSU’s Mike Holder is 32nd at $600,000 (not including $338,462 in potential bonuses).

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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