October 9, 2015

Coaching Salaries

My research has shifted into hyperdrive. The List, Part IV is coming soon, but in the meantime... Time for you to get caught up!

HERE is the ever-valuable USA Today report on coaching salaries.

KNOW that UVA's salary wheelhouse is going to be somewhere in the $1.5 to $2.5mil range, maybe going as high as $3.5mil for the right slam dunk / home run type of hire.

Here are some thoughts generated by a quick perusal of the USA Today report...

-- Harbaugh and Saban above $7mil. Sheesh, this is going to get crazy really quickly. Makes the ~$3mil UVA can afford seem like really small potatoes.

-- I wonder if Tejas is regretting the Charlie Strong contract right now?

-- Ditto State Penn and Franklin's $4.4mil.

-- One of our dream scenarios is Georgia firing Mark Richt and him being a candidate at UVA. But can we afford to match Georgia's $4.1mil?

-- Many VT fans believe they can lure Dan Mullen from Mississippi State. $4mil is out of their price range, I suspect. RichRod's $3.2mil at Arizona might be, as well.

-- Jim Mora Jr. ($3.3mil) is a bargain for UCLA.

-- Ugh, $3.2mil for Mike London. Craig Littlepage should be fired over that contract alone.

-- Cutcliffe for $2mil. What a steal for Duke, wow.

-- Sonny Dykes' $2mil at Cal is looking pretty good today.  (Read: Are the Golden Bears About to Break Through?)

-- Ken Niumatalolo at Navy: $1.6mil. More than I thought they'd be paying, and probably enough to prevent him being poached at this point.

-- Tom Herman's $1.5 at Houston isn't going to be enough to retain him. A P5 school is going to offer him twice that salary, maybe as early as this offseason.

-- Ditto Justin Fuente and his $1.4mil at Memphis.

-- In my humble opinion, Notre Dame's got a big bargain in Brian Kelly for $1.2mil.

-- Bryan Harsin ($1.1mil) is due a raise at Boise State.

-- Mark Hudspeth's $1.1mil at Louisiana-Lafayette makes him infinitely poachable.

-- Air Force's Troy Calhoun: $919K.

-- $802K at Western Michigan makes P.J. Fleck the MAC's highest-paid coach, but his 1-3 record is pretty glaring right now.

-- Utah State's Matt Wells (one of my tippy-top favorite candidates for UVA): $753K.

-- Temple's Matt Rhule: $649K.

-- WKU's Jeff Brohm: $614K.

-- ODU's Bobby Wilder: $565K.

-- Tony Sanchez was a high school coach at this time last year. Now he's making $560K at UNLV. Nuts.

-- Ball State's Pete Lembo: $518K, #103 among 128 FBS coaches.

-- Toledo's Matt Campbell: $496K