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College Football’s Top 5 Most Overpaid Head Coaches

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Top 5 Most Overpaid Head Coaches

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On Wednesday, USA TODAY released its 2013 college football coaches’ salary database. And not surprisingly, the numbers on these guys’ paychecks are continuing to increase. Also not a surprise is who’s at the top of the list – Alabama’s Nick Saban.

Here’s the full table of FBS coaches’ salaries.

The leader of the Crimson Tide is rolling in approximately $5.6 million in salary and bonuses this year. Finishing a close second is Texas’ Mack Brown with nearly $5.5 million. Those numbers are astronomical, but at least those guys are earning their pay – though some Longhorns’ fans will surely dispute the validity of that claim.

For those who do, consider that Brown is making that while leading Texas to a 6-2 record so far, while 3-6 Arkansas’ Bret Bielema makes nearly as much at $5.2 million. Now that’s a bad return on investment.

Sure, coaches do contribute to their institutions and players in other ways, but winning is what they’re ultimately hired to do. If a coach is not putting W’s on the board, all the character building and public relations in the world won’t justify the millions he’s taking to the bank each year.

There are currently 50 coaches making $2 million or more a year, but not all of them are winning football games. These guys are indeed grossly overpaid, but who’s getting the most unjustifiable salary?

Here are the five most overpaid head coaches in college football.

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5. Charlie Weis, Kansas: $2.5 Million

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Weis is the 31st-highest paid coach in college football, yet his team has a Sagarin Rating of 106 out of 252 FBS and FCS teams. The Jayhawks are poor at nearly every facet of the game, yet their head coach still seems to be doing just fine financially.

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4. Will Muschamp, Florida: $2.7 Million

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Considering Muschamp is the 22nd highest paid coach in college football, it’s perfectly acceptable to expect more in return than a 4-4 record and an increasing chance the Gators will suffer a losing season for the first time since 1979. Want proof? Take a look at who’s just ahead of Muschamp at 20 and 21 – Missouri’s Gary Pinkel ($2.8 million) and Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher ($2.75 million). These guys have only one loss between them and both their teams are in the Top 10. Now that’s a good return on investment.

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3. Gary Patterson, TCU: $3.1 Million

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Patterson led the Horned Frogs into the season with a Top 20 ranking; however, it all went south from there. TCU is now 3-6 and only has one conference win over lowly Kansas. Their other two wins came against 3-4 SMU and FCS foe Southeastern Louisiana. Not really what you expect in return for giving your head coach the 16th-highest salary in college football.

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2. Butch Jones, Tennessee: $4.9 Million

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Perhaps it’s a little unfair to pick on a first-year guy coming into a tough situation, but c’mon. Ultimately, it’s really hard to justify having a losing record (4-5) when you’re the fourth-highest paid head coach in college football. But at least Jones isn’t making matters worse like the next guy.

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1. Bret Bielema, Arkansas: $5.2 Million

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Again: Perhaps it’s a little unfair to pick on a first-year guy coming into a tough situation, but c’mon. Ultimately, it’s really hard to justify having a losing record (3-6) when you’re the third-highest paid head coach in college football. To make matters worse, Bielema’s been a belligerent buffoon on Twitter, in the media and practically in any other platform in which he’s shared his thoughts.