When I posted Ohio State’s football budget a few weeks ago, someone asked how total coaching salaries could be listed at $3.7 million when Jim Tressel was reportedly making approximately that much by himself at the time.
It’s because coaching “salaries” aren’t that high. Technically, only $652,000 of his compensation package is salary. The rest comes from shoe and apparel contracts, endorsements and other outside sources.
For example, Roy Williams at North Carolina makes approximately $1.6 million per year, according to the book Varsity Green. Only $260,000 of that is salary paid by the athletic department. The rest comes from a $3.9 million bonus being paid over five years by the Ram Club, a UNC booster club. He gets another $350,000 from broadcast revenue and $500,000 from Nike.
At the same time, the UNC football coach John Bunting was making $650,000 per year, with the athletic department paying just $260,000 in salary, and up to $300,000 with bonuses. The rest comes from radio, telelvision and Nike.
This isn’t just happening at UNC, it’s the trend seen across college sports. Former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tubberville received approximately $1.5 million per year from a multimedia rights deal Auburn had with ISP Sports for appearances on tv and radio and other personal appearances.
In most instances a college coach’s compensation package is only about 25% salary. The rest is funded from broadcasting and apparel deals and other outside sources.
Coaches also receive bonuses for various accomplishment and benchmarks from getting their team to the conference championship game to attaining certain graduation rates. These bonuses range from tens of thousands to over a hundred thousand. However, many are offset by the increased revenue the athletic department receives as a result of a team having a successful season or appearing in the postseason.
Check out my previous pieces on coaching salaries:
- A Seating Solution for Reduced Capacity - August 11, 2020
- Fall Football? Players, Coaches and Administrators Take to Twitter to Lobby for Season - August 10, 2020
- FBS Conferences Announce Fall Football Decisions - August 8, 2020
- What Pro Sports COVID-19 Testing Protocols Can Teach College Athletics - July 28, 2020
- Why is College Tennis Taking a Hit? - June 30, 2020
- Kristi Dosh on The Ruling Podcast - June 29, 2020
- Black Student Athletes Using Their Voices To Demand Change - June 24, 2020
- Race and Intercollegiate Athletics - June 4, 2020
- Wright State Cuts Three Sports - June 3, 2020
- BGSU Baseball Saved - June 2, 2020
- A Seating Solution for Reduced Capacity
- Fall Football? Players, Coaches and Administrators Take to Twitter to Lobby for Season
- FBS Conferences Announce Fall Football Decisions
- Redskins Name Change: What Washington and Dan Snyder Can Learn from Miami (OH)
- What Pro Sports COVID-19 Testing Protocols Can Teach College Athletics