The annual USA Today college football coaching salary database was released today. After examining the salaries, bonus’ and buyouts (and kicking myself for not being in the coaching business) here are some notables that pertain to the Pac-12 conference and Oregon coach Mario Cristobal.
UO’s first-year head coach is making $2.5 million for the 2018-19 season, making Cristobal the 8th highest paid Pac-12 coach and the 54th highest in the nation. As an assistant last season, Cristobal was paid $700,000.
However, the upside for Cristobal is his maximum bonus of $1,825,000. His max bonus is the 8th highest in the nation. Max bonus is the greatest amount that can be received if the team meets on-field performance goals, academic or player conduct goals.
The bonus can be based on; ticket sales, win totals, bowl-game appearances, conference and national championships, coaching awards.
Only two of the top 25 highest paid coaches in college football hail from the Pac-12 conference; Washington’s Chris Peterson ($4,375,000) is the 19th highest paid coach and Stanford’s David Shaw ($4,311,543) is the 20th highest paid coach.
The lowest-paid Pac-12 coach is second-year Cal head coach Justin Wilcox with a 2018-19 salary of $1.5 million. Oregon State’s Jonathan Smith is 2nd to last with a $1.9 million salary.
The SEC has five of the eight highest-paid coaches. Nick Saban again highest paid coach by healthy margin, his total 2018 compensation of $8.3 million at Alabama put him well above the next-highest paid coach, Urban Meyer of Ohio State at $7.6 million.
Former Oregon coach Willie Taggart is set to make $5 million for the 2018-19 season at Florida State, making him the 12th-highest paid coach in college football.