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Ranking the SEC football coaches' salaries

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USA Today came out with their annual report of every FBS team's head coach's up-to-date yearly income is, and as you might expect, many of the SEC's head coaches are near the top of the list.

Almost every year since arriving on campus in Tuscaloosa, AL, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has been the highest paid head coach in college football, but he no longer has that distinction. Michigan's Jim Harbaugh is now the highest earning coach in college football. Checking in at a friendly $9,004,000, Harbaugh's salary now ranks more than $2 million higher than any other coach in college football, but there is a catch (as further explained by AL.com)

Nick Saban still has the highest base salary in all of college football, making just under $7 million a year ($6,939,395,), and is the 2nd highest earning coach on the list. Harbaugh's base salary is only around $5 million for 2016, but the University of Michigan pays him a $2 million life insurance premium every December, and he received an additional $2 million back in August when the insurance addendum to his contract was approved. Talk about some serious benefits. 

Taking a look at where the rest of the SEC coaches rank on that list, all seven coaches from the SEC West rank among the top 17 nationally (each earning at least $4.1 million this year), and the SEC has nine of the top 18 highest paid coaches in the country. This includes Dan Mullen (who's Mississippi State Bulldogs are 2-5 this season), and now former LSU head coach Les Miles. 

Here is the full list of SEC coaches' salaries:

  1. Nick Saban - Alabama: $6,939,395 (2nd nationally)
  2. Kevin Sumlin - Texas A&M: $5,000,000 (7th nationally)
  3. Gus Malzahn - Auburn: $4,729,500 (8th nationally)
  4. Hugh Freeze - Ole Miss: $4,703,500 (9th nationally)
  5. Les Miles - LSU: $4,385,567 (13th nationally)
  6. Jim McElwain - Florida: $4,268,325 (15th nationally)
  7. Dan Mullen - Mississippi State: $4,200,000 (16th nationally)
  8. Bret Bielema - Arkansas: $4,145,000 (17th nationally)
  9. Butch Jones - Tennessee: $4,110,000 (18th nationally)
  10. Kirby Smart - Georgia: $3,753,600 (23rd nationally)
  11. Mark Stoops - Kentucky: $3,513,600 (26th nationally)
  12. Will Muschamp - South Carolina: $3,002,500 (36th nationally)
  13. Derek Mason - Vanderbilt: $2,556,877 (44th nationally)
  14. Barry Odom - Missouri: $2,350,000 (47th nationally)

Brooks Carter is a Co-Host of 3 Point Stance, covers Friday Night Football, and is a sports writer for WRCB-TV. You can follow him on Twitter @BrooksACarter

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