Non-profit paradox explains dramatic rise in college coaches salaries

By: | January 13, 2020

Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney made more than $9.3 million this season. His counterpart in tonight’s CFP National Championship Game, Ed Orgeron, earned $4 million. It’s not just the head coaches that are being paid handsomely, though; combined Clemson and LSU paid out more than $27 million in salaries to football coaches in 2019. California Governor Gavin Newsom expressed his concerns about coaching compensation on a September conference call related to the state’s new ‘Fair Pay to Play’ Act, but UC Davis athletic director Kevin Blue says that the dramatic increase in salaries over the last 10-15 years (in ’06 Bob Stoops was the only coach making $3 million/year salary, now +/- 25% of D-1 coaches take home at least that much) is a byproduct of the real problem facing college athletics.

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