See where Herman, Texas coaches rank among highest paid

HOUSTON – Houston Cougars coach Tom Herman’s annual salary for the 2016 season has him ranked 35th among the highest paid coaches in college football, according to a database released by USA Today Sports.

Herman’s total compensation of $3,003,500 is tops in the American Athletic Conference, but ranks only fifth among salary data available for coaches in Texas. No data was provided for Baylor’s interim coach Jim Grobe and SMU’s Chad Morris.

According to USA Today Sports, college football coaches are getting paid more than ever, with at least 36 earning at least $3 million this year, up from nine in 2011 and one in 2006 — the first year USA TODAY Sports conducted the head coaches salary survey.

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Texas head coach Charlie Strong is tops in the state (sixth overall) with a total compensation of $5,200,130. This ranks just ahead of Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin ($5,000,000) and just behind Red River rival Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops ($5,200,130).


TCU’s Gary Patterson, the longest-tenured coach in the state, ranks third (20th overall) with a total compensation of $4,014,723. Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury ranks fourth (30th overall) at $3,306,575.

Rice’s David Bailiff ranks 75th out of the 128 coaches listed with a compensation of $903,556, which is actually tops among coaches in Conference USA. The next two coaches ranked in the conference come from fellow in-state schools, UTSA’s Frank Wilson ($835,000) and North Texas’ Seth Littrell ($815,000).

Texas State’s Everett Withers, in his first year in San Marcos, ranks 90th overall at $650,000.

UTEP’s Sean Kugler ranks last among in-state coaches (103rd overall) with a compensation of $515,332.


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