Texas head coach Mack Brown, of the Big 12, is the second-highest, pulling in $5.4 million.
This rapid and continuing escalation in coaches' pay comes at a time when instructional spending has declined at many public schools because of shrinking state education budgets. We're discussing on Facebook Clemson's Swinney, who turns 43 Tuesday, has enjoyed college football's windfall, even with his givebacks.
"The result: Swinney is the nation's 39th most highly paid head coach, and his assistants, who carry a cumulative price tag of $4.2 million, appear to be the nation's most highly paid.
The average annual salary for head coaches at major colleges (not including four schools that moved up to the Football Bowl Subdivision this season) is $1.64 million, up nearly 12% over last season — and more than 70% since 2006, when USA TODAY Sports began tracking coaches' compensation.
Under an arrangement that also extended his contract by two seasons, through the 2019 campaign, Saban is getting $630,000 more from Alabama than he did last season and over $550,000 more than he had been scheduled to get this season. He received a new contract in January that added four years to his term, which now is scheduled to run through the 2020 season.