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Football head coach pay in 2010

December 10, 2010

According to data published yesterday by USA Today, Ron English’s pay ranked 113th out of the 120 FBS head coaches for 2010.

USA Today reported English’s base pay for the year at $315,000, and I think we can safely assume that he earned little to none of his $90,000 maximum bonus. Ten schools did not provide information, but given the schools (Southern California, Northwestern, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Brigham Young, Boston College, University of Miami, Tulane, and Notre Dame), it’s safe to guess that they paid their coaches more than this. Of the eight coaches with base pay less than English, it’s probably a safe guess that Michael Haywood earned more than the $15,001 bonus he would need to pass English, given that Miami University just won the MAC.

There are two ways to look at this, and I think they both have some value. One is that EMU is paying for what they got; English has only managed two wins in two years, and so he doesn’t deserve any more. The other is that EMU is getting what they’re willing to pay for, and by only spending $315,000 on a head coach, the Eagles are all-but-ensured that the losing will continue.

Another consideration is that, while English’s pay is an order of magnitude smaller than that of top coaches (Nick Saban, for example, who tops the list at nearly $6 million), it’s well in line with what other MAC coaches are earning. The highest-paid football head coach in the MAC was Temple’s Al Golden, at $513,867, followed by Ohio’s Frank Solich at $460,800. Nine MAC head coaches had base pay between $300,000 and $375,000, and Dave Klawson of Bowling Green and Doug Martin of Kent State were at $205,000 and $190,000, respectively.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2010 1:37 pm

    After checking into the details a bit further, English earned no bonus. To get any bonus, the team needs to either be third place or better in the MAC West Division, or finish with at least seven wins.

  2. EMU advocate permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:54 pm

    Interesting numbers, and your two ways of explaining it are each valuable. Here’s another way of looking at this $315,000 pay for the coach of a team with a terrible record and virtually no fans in the EMU community: That $315,000 could be spent on paying approximately 5 or 6 new faculty members (depending on their fields), newly hired, who’d produce educational value for the university and its students. EMU is desperately short of faculty in countless areas. Or, the sum could be spent on countless other things EMU students need.


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