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The 10 Highest Paid College Coaches in America

By on January 8, 2015

With the University of Michigan’s recent signing of former San Francisco 49ers football coach Jim Harbaugh, the salaries being given to college coaches are starting to equal, and sometimes surpass, those of their professional sports counterparts.

Jim Harbaugh’s base salary will reportedly start around a cool $5 million, with incentives and bonuses that could bump that figure up to $7 or $8 million, easily putting Harbaugh into the realm of the ten highest paid collegiate coaches; exactly where he’ll end up at the end of 2015 remains to be seen, though.

With that said, let’s take a look at the college coaches who are already making millions at their respective universities, based off of their salaries from 2014.

#10: Urban Meyer – Football Coach, Ohio State University

$4,486,640 salary (2014)

Urban Meyer, the 3-time National Champion coach who led the Florida Gators to two National Championships in 2006 and 2008, and the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2015, comes in at #10 on the list, making a salary of $4.5 million per year.

He has been successful so far in his new gig at Ohio State, going 38-3 through his first three seasons in Columbus, and leading the Buckeyes to a wins over Alabama in the 2015 Sugar Bowl and then in the 2015 National Championship game against the University of Oregon Ducks.

Meyer had previously coached Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators to two National Championships, before a brief “retirement” in between jobs.

The defending National Champion coach obviously makes a pretty damn good living, but he is not the highest paid collegiate coach in America by a longshot.

I’d still accept a $4.5 million salary to call some plays and recruit some high school kids though. Just saying.

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