Sumlin deal sets up Saban for huge raise

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.

They are:

  • No. 1, Saban, $5.6 million
  • No. 3, Bret Bielema, Arkansas, $5.2 million (”$2 million of that is related to Arkansas’ payment of Bielema’s $1 million buyout to Wisconsin and the taxes associated with the buyout payment,” according to USA Today.)
  • No. 4, Sumlin, $5 million
  • No. 5, Butch Jones, Tennessee, $4.8 million
  • No. 8, Les Miles, LSU, $4.4 million
  • No. 13, Steve Spurrier, South Carolina, $3.3 million
  • No. 14, Mark Richt, Georgia, $3.3 million
  • No. 20, Gary Pinkel, Missouri, $2.8 million

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.

This is from the USA Today’s article:

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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December 16th, 2013
10:39 am

I am not in love with CMR but he is great person and an okay coach. I don’t mind him leaving but who is out there better to replace him willing to come to UGA? If a top candidate is out there UGA bound great!! If not, I think we are better off keeping CMR.


December 16th, 2013
9:49 am

Richt isn’t going anywhere. No one else


December 16th, 2013
8:27 am

Richt to Texas? There are some rumors that suggest this is true, time will tell.


December 16th, 2013
4:10 am

these are their salaries. they all make money off endorsement deals. cmr has won 2 sec championships and several top 5 finishes. you guys might want to check Georgia’s history beyond cmr. before he got there, the last sec championship came in 1982, I personally can’t imagine who you guys think might do better. if you’re a dawg complaining, you need to consider this. if you’re not a dawg, then maybe you could comment on your own teams articles and shut up about Georgia’s. I’ll stand by cmr. he’s a class act and a great coach.

Trail of Tears

December 14th, 2013
11:43 pm

Richt makes well over $4,000,000 a year when you add in endorsements, commercials, testimonials, radio/TV shows, etc. Not bad for a 3rd rate coaching wannabe who can’t win the big games.


December 14th, 2013
6:01 pm

Oh, have you signed up for Obamacare? I ‘ll bet you have not. Roll Tide!