When it comes to paying football coaches, the SEC can’t be matched. And we’re not even talking about head coaches.
The St. Louis Dispatch posted a little list of the 10 highest-paid assistant football coaches in the college ranks. The top seven coaches on the list all reside in the Southeastern Conference.
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Steele is a former SEC coach as is Diaz who left Mississippi State for Texas just this year.
You’ll note that of the seven SEC coaches on the list, three are offensive coordinators: Malzahn, Weis and Kragthorpe. That’s a near 50/50 split along offensive/defensive lines (with Smart, Grantham, Johnson and Chavis all serving as D-coordinators). While the league’s reputation is built on defense, these numbers show that SEC schools are just as likely to toss cash to offensive wizards as they are to defensive gurus.
On a sidenote, Auburn released details of its coaching staff’s pay yesterday and Gene Chizik’s assistants will tally a combined $4,085,000 this fall.
Add it all up and it’s clear that the SEC’s enormous television contracts with CBS and ESPN have benefited the league’s assistant football coaches as much as anyone over the past couple of years.