Josh Kendall

Muschamp ranks near top of NCAA, bottom of SEC, in salary

First-year South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp is the 36th-highest paid college football coach in the country, according to USA Today’s annual salary review, which was released Wednesday.

Muschamp, who makes $3 million annually, is the 12th-highest paid coach in the SEC. Only Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason ($2.6 million) and Missouri’s Barry Odom ($2.4 million) make less.

The highest paid football coach in the country doesn’t reside in the SEC. That’s Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, who will make $9 million this year. Alabama’s Nick Saban is second at $6.9 million.

USA Today’s survey took note this year of contract buyouts and noted that Muschamp is one of 33 coaches nationally with a buyout of more than $8 million. If South Carolina fired Muschamp this season, he would be owed $9.5 million.

Steve Spurrier was paid more than $4 million annually when he resigned midway through the 2015 season.

SEC head coach salaries

Coach, school


1. Nick Saban, Alabama


2. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M


3. Gus Malzahn, Auburn


4. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss


5. *Les Miles, LSU


6. Jim McElwain, Florida


7. Dan Mullen, Miss. State


8. Bret Bielema, Arkansas


9. Butch Jones, Tennessee


10. Kirby Smart, Georgia


11. Mark Stoops, Kentucky


12. Will Muschamp, USC


13. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt


14. Barry Odom, Missouri


*Miles’ salary before he was fired.