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List Of A.D. Salaries Released; Vandy On Top

The folks at USA Today have filed the records requests and thumbed through the tax records of every school in the country to come up with a master list of athletic directors’ salaries.  (Some say “athletics directors,” others say “athletic director,” me?  I’ve always gone for the singular version.)

What’s sure to get the most play is the fact that Vanderbilt’s David Williams is the highest paid AD in the nation. 

(We’ll give you time to audibly gasp.)

Except, Williams is not really an AD.  He’s the Vice Chancellor for University Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary of the University and a Professor of Law.  He just happens to oversee student athletics, as well.

Technically the highest paid true athletic director in the country is the man just behind Williams on USA Today’s list — Florida’s Jeremy Foley.

Below is a comparison of all the salaries of the SEC’s athletic directors.

School Pay
Other Pay
Total Pay
Maximum Bonus
David Williams
Jeremy Foley
Dave Hart
Joe Alleva
Mitch Barnhart
Jay Jacobs
Jeff Long
Mal Moore
S. Carolina
Eric Hyman
Greg McGarity
Ole Miss
Pete Boone
Miss. State
Scott Stricklin


* Tennessee had to open up the wallet the lure Dave Hart from Tuscaloosa to Knoxville.  And technically, they helped make money for two guys on this list.  The school’s first choice was Joe Alleva who received a bump to stay at LSU instead.

* If he maxed out his bonus, Arkansas’ Jeff Long could nearly double his base salary in a given year.

* Here’s betting Georgia’s Greg McGarity really counts on that $500 of private pay each year.

* It says something about the money to be made in college athletics when you look at a man making $300,000 a year and feel sorry for the guy.  You think the other SEC ADs haze MSU’s Scott Stricklin by making him pick up the tab at restaurants?

* In cast you’re wondering, here are the numbers for one soon-to-be SEC member and as well as a couple of schools that continue to make headlines as potential SEC partners:

Texas A&M’s Bill Byrne = $690,000 (all school money), bonus of $287,500

Missouri’s Mike Alden = $659,775 ($22,400 of that from outside the university), bonus of $308,161

West Virginia’s Oliver Luck = $405,600 (all school money), bonus o $130,000



I honestly did not know anyone in higher education could make 2.5 million a year doing anything. I know Alabama's president makes a few hundred thousand and so I didn't think the ceiling was much higher than that in other places

Foley is pretty impressive as well. And I don't know what to think about Scott Stricklin. Is that just a starter salary or does MSU really not have more money than that to pay for an AD. If not, then they will probably never be able to keep a good one if they can manage to find a good one in the first place.


Vanderbilt muat have one hell of a Water Polo team, huh?


Florida is getting one hell of a deal for Foley seeing as we win the SEC directors cup every year since something like 1989, won the the first Capital One Cup this year for best sports program in the country.... Foley needs a raise, a big in'!


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