Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin just became the third college football coach to make at least $5 million a year from their current schools.
The deal he signed Thursday will pay him $5 million a year through 2019, joining Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas’ Mack Brown in that rarefied air.
Eight of the country’s highest paid coaches reside in the SEC, according to USA Today. The full list, before Sumlin’s new contract, is here.
FSU’s Jimbo Fisher is the ACC’s highest paid coach (No. 21 overall) at $2.75 million, just ahead of Florida’s Will Muschamp at $2.73 million.
Sumlin, who is 19-6 in two seasons, including four losses this year, was mentioned in connection with the coaching search at Southern California.
Under the deal he signed upon leaving Houston after the 2011 season, he was to be paid $2.436 million for 2012, including $436,000 related to the payment of his buyout to Houston. After the 2012 season, Texas A&M increased his pay to $3.1 million for 2013, making him one of the nation’s 20 highest-paid football head coaches this season and one of 17 making at least $3 million.
This sets up a major bump for Saban, who likely will become the first $10 million a year coach, whether he bolts for Texas or stays at Alabama. The deal most often mentioned with the Texas job is for $100 million over 10 years, with or without a percentage of the Longhorn Network.
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