College Football Coaches Salaries: Pay Cuts

Last Updated on September 19, 2020

Athletic departments across the country have been furloughing and laying off employees and implementing pay cuts. However, because college football coaches salaries are protected by their contracts, they must agree to any pay cut. Many head football coaches salaries have been reduced, and we’re tracking them below.

CoachSchool% ReductionNotes
Kevin SumlinArizona20%For one year
Sam PittmanArkansas10%With no bonuses and deferred to a later date
Scot LoefflerBowling Green20%
Justin WilcoxCaliforniaUndisclosed 
Dabo SwinneyClemson13%Swinney took a 10% pay cut in August 2020; In September, agreed to forego $1M retention payment in January 2021 and raise due at same time, which represents 13% of what he was due in 2021
Karl DorrellColorado10% 
David CutcliffeDuke10% 
Mike NorvellFlorida State25% 
Geoff CollinsGeorgia Tech6%16 unpaid days off
Lovie SmithIllinois10For 6 months
Tom AllenIndiana10%Donated 10% of salary back to athletic department
Kirk FerentzIowa15% 
Matt CampbellIowa State10%With no bonus
Les MilesKansas10% 
Chris KliemanKansas State13% 
Scott SatterfieldLouisville10% 
Manny DiazMiami10% 
Jim HarbaughMichigan10%For one year
Mel TuckerMichigan State7% 
P.J. FleckMinnesota10% 
Eliah DrinkwitzMissouri10% 
Scott FrostNebraskaUndisclosedDonated portion of salary back to athletic department
Mack BrownNorth Carolina10% 
Pat FitzgeraldNorthwestern10% 
Brian KellyNotre DameUndisclosed 
Lincoln RileyOklahoma10%For one year
Mike GundyOklahoma State19%Self-imposed
Lane KiffinOle MissUndisclosed 
Mario CristobalOregon10% 
Jonathan SmithOregon State7% 
James FranklinPenn State10% 
Jeff BrohmPurdue20%Also no bonus
Greg SchianoRutgers10%For 4 months
Will MuschampSouth Carolina10%For one year and will not recoup the reduced salary with any type of back-end compensation
David ShawStanfordUndisclosed 
Dino BabersSyracuse10% 
Gary PattersonTCU10%Indefinite
Tom HermanTexas 15% 
Matt WellsTexas Tech14% 
Clay HeltonUSCUndisclosedCombined $1 million cut with basketball coach and AD
Kyle WhittinghamUtahUndisclosed 
Bronco MendenhallVirginia10% 
Dave ClawsonWake Forest10% 
Jimmy LakeWashington5% 
Nick RolovichWashington State5%Also no bonus
Neal BrownWest Virginia10% 
Paul ChrystWisconsin15%Cut for 6 months

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