There’s a different way to look at the bottom line for Georgia-Texas A&M this week. Especially in terms of what Jimbo Fisher and Kirby Smart bring to the table.
Try a bottom line that charts $14,371,600. That is the reported combined 2019 salaries for the head coaches for that big SEC clash on Saturday.
Read that line again. Digest that $14.3 million part.
That’s the number according to the latest 2019 salary figures in the annual USA Today report on coaching salaries for NCAA football. Fisher, who signed a 10-year deal worth $75 million in December of 2017, ranks as the fourth-highest paid head coach in college football.
It makes one wonder why the nachos will not be $14.30 inside Sanford Stadium on Saturday.
Fisher still has a robust buyout of $60 million. (That means Jimmy Sexton’s great-great-grandchildren are also getting Gucci every Christmas. Sexton represents five of the nation’s 10-highest paid coaches and almost all of the SEC.)
Smart comes in at No. 5 on that listing. His buyout is a mere $24.2 million for the remaining years on his deal.
Several coaches, such as Auburn’s Gus Malzhan (No.6) are slated to receive yearly pay hikes that will also take them into the $7 million per year range in 2020, too.
The USA Today study places a somewhat unexpected name at the top. It was not Nick Saban, but still the head coach of the defending national champions nonetheless.
Clemson’s Dabo Swinney rates No. 1 on that database with a total compensation figure of $9,315,600 for 2019. Saban follows at No. 2 ($8.9 million) and Jim Harbaugh ($7.504 million) round out the top 3.
The SEC also flexes the power of its TV deals and respective fan bases by placing the head coaches from five of its member schools among the top 10 in that survey.
Mississippi State pays Joe Moorhead $3,050,000 on that listing. It will rank him last in the SEC, but that windfall places him at No. 48 out of the 122 coaching salaries tracked in that database.