Need $3 million? Become a SEC football coach

Gus Malzahn already is the fifth highest paid coach in the SEC. (AP)

Gus Malzahn already is the fifth highest paid coach in the SEC. (AP)

If you want to hire a top-notch SEC coach these days, you better be prepared to spend $3 million a year.

That’s what it takes.

Nearly every SEC coach makes at least $3 million a year, with Alabama’s Nick Saban topping the list at $5.62 million. He reportedly was bumped up to $7 in a new deal that was signed in December, the terms haven’t been released.

Here’s the list, courtesy of

Nick Saban, Alabama: $5.62 million
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M: $5 million
Les Miles, LSU: $4.3 million
Steve Spurrier, South Carolina: $4 million
Gus Malzahn, Auburn: $3.85 million
Bret Bielema, Arkansas: $3.2 million
Mark Richt, Georgia: $3.2 million
Gary Pinkel, Missouri: $3.1 million
Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss: $3 million
Butch Jones, Tennessee: $3 million
Will Muschamp, Florida: $3 million
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State: $2.65 million
Mark Stoops, Kentucky: $2.2 million
Derek Mason, Vanderbilt: Not disclosed because it’s a private institution.

Malzahn has done particularly well for himself after just one year at Auburn, but I guess that’s what a SEC championship and appearance in the national title game will do for you. He’s set to receive a raise of $250,000 every year of his new six-year deal, topping out at $5.1 million in the final year, according to the article.

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Tomás Broun

March 15th, 2014
7:51 am

A school that seriously wanted to win a national championship would have sacked Richt years ago. Obviously the powers that be and the fans are satified with mediocrity and a long slide into irrelevance.

[...] Need $3 million? Become a SEC football coach [...]

Heck, who needs $3mil...

March 12th, 2014
11:47 am

…when you can avoid the headaches of the head coach and still make $300 – $500K as an assistant?

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

March 12th, 2014
8:49 am

I think Mark Richt deserves a raise and a contract extension. 14 years.. zero national championships.



March 12th, 2014
5:36 am

GTBob is spot on with his assessment about Richt. Richt might be a decent enough coach at the FCS level (or lower), but he’s in way over his head in the SEC. UGA should have dumped him years ago.


March 11th, 2014
4:41 pm

AdMan, like every UGA coach before him, Richt can beat Tech. Im not sure that is worth a raise though. The guy isn’t really an SEC caliber coach.


March 11th, 2014
3:51 pm

GTBob,,,,you can’t be serious….your cutting down Georgia and Richt…a team and coach that’s whipped Tech’s ass 12 out of the last 13 years ?… are really a dumb ass. You need to go on the Tech blog and complain about how bad the Yellow Jackets are….You certainly have NO credibility on this blog….go away little boy!


March 11th, 2014
12:45 pm

Yet we see coach’s salaries higher then his and they have not won a damn thing in the SEC. Does that seem fair?

You want UGA to give Richt a big raise because he won an SEC championship over 8 years ago? The guy just went 8-5 and has a losing record in the last 5 years against winning teams.