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NCAA Football

Big 10 Football Coaches Pay Scale

The "Vest"

Big Ten Football coaches will take home over $22 million in compensation for the 2010 football season, and the figure doesn’t  even count over $5 million in potential performance bonuses. USA Today published a Football Bowl Subdivision coaches salary scale that includes compensation the coaches receive from their school, potential bonuses as well as non-university compensation.

All of the Big 10 schools were listed with the exception of Northwestern, as a private school NU doesn’t have to release the information.

The “vest” at Ohio State, coach Jim Tressel, leads the way in Big 10 coaches with an income of $3,888,389,  and he can make another $450,000 in incentive bonuses.

The university compensation includes money earned from coaching, camps, shoe deals, TV shows, etc… Bonuses are typically for reaching a set number of victories, awards, conference championships and other thresholds.

If you need a loan- here is who you want to talk to. Bonus numbers are the most the coach can receive.

  1. Jim Tressel, Ohio State, $3,888,389, bonuses of $450,000.
  2. Kirk Frentz, Iowa, $3,781,000, bonuses of $1,750,000.
  3. Rich Rodriquez, Michigan, $2,525,280, bonuses of $300,000.
  4. Bo Pelini, Nebraska, $2,100,000, bonuses of $550,000.
  5. Mark Dantonio, Michigan St., $1,796,700, bonus of $660,000.
  6. Bret Bielema, Wisconsin, $1,781,759, bonuses of $350,000.
  7. Ron Zook, Illinois, $1,508,500, bonuses of $52,000.
  8. Kevin Wilson, Indiana, $1,200,000, bonuses NA.
  9. Joe Paterno, Penn State, $1,109,000, bonuses NA.
  10. Danny Hope, Purdue, $900,000, bonuses of $637,000.
  11. Tim Brewster, Minnesota, $808,000, bonuses of $1,050,000.
  12. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern, NA

Minnesota coach Tim Brewster was recently fired.