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College football’s best, worst coaching bargains


CBS Sports’ Jon Solomon came out with the best and worst bargains in college football by averaging a coach’s salary against the number of games his program won in 2015.

Some of the best bargains: Temple’s Matt Rhule, North Carolina’s Larry Fedora, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, Stanford’s David Shaw and Utah’s Kyle Whittingham.

Some bad bargains, at least for this year: Texas’ Charlie Strong, South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, Oregon State’s Gary Andersen, Purdue’s Darrell Hazell, Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson and UCF’s George O’Leary.

In his “Price Per Win” chart, Solomon tracks the salaries of all the coaches from Power Five conferences, plus those in the American Athletic Conference as some of those schools are now offering coaches upwards of $3 million per year.

Of course, some coaches are farther along in their careers, therefore they command more money and thus cost more per win. Jimbo Fisher and Nick Saban each cost about $515,000 and $590,000 per win respectively.

That doesn’t mean they aren’t worth every penny or still a relative bargain.

You can see the full breakdown here.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports


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