Wednesday's Daily Briefing: Schnellenberger's salary a steal for FAU
Each season around this time USA Today releases its annual analysis of salaries for college football coaches.
Using public records requests and good old fashioned reporting methods, the results are always interesting.
You can find the body of their work here
Of course, in this space we are concerned with FAU and the rest of the Sun Belt Conference so here are the numbers you will find interesting.
FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger’s total compensation comes in at $407,905
And here is where the rest of the Sun Belt coaches rank
- Rick Stockstill, MTSU $491,580
- Mario Cristobal, FIU $437,382
- Howard Schnellenberger, FAU $407,905
- Larry Blakeney, Troy $356,000
- Todd Dodge, North Texas $289,161
- Rickey Bustle, ULL $226,000
- Willie Taggart, Western Kentucky $225,000
- Steve Roberts, Arkansas State $223,078
- Todd Berry, ULM, $215,000
These figures are for 2010 and it should be noted that Arkansas State, ULL and North Texas will have new coaches next season. Reported figures for new ASU coach Hugh Freeze’s salary is $151,660 and North Texas will reportedly pay Dan McCarney a base salary of “close to” $500,000 likely making him the highest paid coach in the league next season.
I still say FAU is getting the bargain by getting Schnellenberger, whose contract runs out in 2011.
As the figures for the top salary in the league creeps toward $600,000 I wonder what FAU will be paying for their next coach?
After looking at what the top coaches in the league are making, the university would be wise to see if Schnellenberger would sit down and talk about an extension.
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