Not only did the Houston Cougars assure that people will be talking about them all year after they beat Oklahoma on opening weekend, but they strengthened their case for addition into the Big 12 as the conference continues to explore expansion.
If this happens, head coach Tom Herman will be getting a big pay day.
Sports Illustrated released an incredible and in-depth story about the Cougars leading up to their upset win over the Sooners. In that story, it had a small detail about how Herman would get a big raise in the first two years of the team being in the Big 12, if they are added.
“These days, Houston hands Herman $3 million per year, and he’s in line for a $2.5 million raise in each of the first two seasons Houston plays in a Power 5 conference. To school officials and fans, such an invitation would not be a leap up but a return to previous status”
If my math is correct, this would be Herman, who makes $3 million per year now, at making $5.5 million in Year 1 and $8 million in Year 2 of being in the Big 12. That would make him the highest paid coach in college football, more than Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who makes over $6 million a year.
For a coach to make that kind of money, he has to be able to prove he is worth it. Last year, he took the Cougars to a 13-1 record with a win in the Peach Bowl and they look to be well on their way to doing something even bigger in 2016.
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