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

Salary

1. Nick Saban, Alabama

$6,939,395

2. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

$5,000,000

3. Gus Malzahn, Auburn

$4,729,500

4. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss

$4,703,500

5. *Les Miles, LSU

$4,385,567

6. Jim McElwain, Florida

$4,268,325

7. Dan Mullen, Miss. State

$4,200,000

8. Bret Bielema, Arkansas

$4,145,000

9. Butch Jones, Tennessee

$4,110,000

10. Kirby Smart, Georgia

$3,753,000

11. Mark Stoops, Kentucky

$3,513,600

12. Will Muschamp, USC

$3,002,500

13. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt

$2,566,877

14. Barry Odom, Missouri

$2,350,000

*Miles’ salary before he was fired.

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