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Pac-12 Coaches Salaries, Ranked

Who made what, and were they worth it?

NCAA Football: Oregon State at Washington Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

USA Today released their annual database of college football coaches salaries today. Beaver’s head coach Gary Andersen came in at number 45 overall on the list. Here’s how the rest of the coaches in the Pac-12 stacked up in 2016:

Stanford David Shaw $4,067,219

Okay so Stanford may have picked the most arbitrary salary on this whole list. I’m sure there’s a lot that goes into this number, but all of the other salaries that were reported gave a breakdown of where that money came from. For Stanford, his school pay is just “$4,067,219” and I would love to know why that number, specifically. I imagine David Shaw is one of the best contract negotiators out there. “THROW IN 219 DOLLARS OR I WON’T DO IT!”

Utah Kyle Whittingham $3,650,000

Washington Chris Petersen $3,600,000

I guess we find out this week if that extra $50,000 Utah paid for their head coach was worth it.

UCLA Jim Mora $3,450,000

Oregon Mark Helfrich $3,300,000

The Ducks paid Mark Helfrich 3.3 million dollars to be their head coach. Here are some things they could’ve spent 3.3 million dollars on instead:

  • They could’ve fixed all of the damage in Savannah, Georgia, that was caused by Hurricane Matthew.
  • They could’ve bought 412,500 steak burritos from Chipotle (335,000 if they got guac too).
  • They could’ve bought a very average 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom ranch-style home in an okay school district in Portland.
  • They could’ve conservatively invested that money, and in 10 years had 6.6 million dollars (The above references an opinion and is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a duly licensed professional for investment advice).

The Ducks could have done one of these four things, or really a whole lot of other things that I didn’t name. And they still would’ve won the same amount of Pac-12 games this season.

Arizona State Todd Graham $3,100,000

Of particular note, Todd Graham received the highest bonus of any Pac-12 coach at $375,000, which coincidentally is the same number of times that Todd Graham has made this face in press conferences:

NCAA Football: Pac-12 Media Day Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Washington State Mike Leach $2,950,000

Mike has earned this salary just in sound bites alone.

Cal Sonny Dykes $2,900,000

Arizona Rich Rodriguez $2,500,000

Rich Rodriguez also has the perfect name to be a weatherman at his local news station, should this year continue in the direction his 2-5 team currently is moving.

Oregon State Gary Andersen $2,550,000

Technically Gary Andersen made less than Rich Rodriguez due to other pay that was built into Rodriguez’s contract, so Coach Andersen is the second or third lowest paid coach (depending on what Clay Helton makes) in the Pac-12. For those keeping score at home, he could eat at Local Boyz about 318,000 times with that salary, which he should.

Colorado Mike MacIntyre $2,011,050

USC Clay Helton Salary Not Reported

Lane Kiffin made about 2.5 million as the head coach at USC in 2013, so I assume his salary is somewhere around there.

So who do you guys think is the most overpaid coach in the conference?