College football head coaches’ bonuses near $10 million; the leaders may surprise you
3rd December 2018

The dust has settled on the pre-bowl portion of the college football season, and head coaches at Bowl Subdivision public schools already have totaled nearly $10 million in bonuses.

Here are the eight who have claimed at least $300,000, plus select others, with a note about amounts they’ve secured and amounts that still may be available.

The leaders

►Fresno State’s Jeff Tedford: $800,000

Notable: He's picked up amounts based on regular-season wins (10), the Mountain West Conference championship, a bowl bid and a top-25 spot in the final College Football Playoff rankings. He’s also in line for at least $200,000 more based on the team’s home attendance. Plus, he’ll get another $100,000 if the Bulldogs win their bowl game. Over the 2017 and 2018 seasons, he has totaled more than $2.2 million in bonuses.

►Kentucky’s Mark Stoops: $750,000

Notable: A victory over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl will give him another $250,000 — the amount he got for the Wildcats’ eighth and ninth victories of the season.

►Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz: $600,000

Notable: $500,000 of his total comes from the Hawkeyes reaching eight wins for the season. He’s set for another $100,000 based on the team’s NCAA Graduation Success Rate, and he could get at least $125,000 if bowl results move Iowa into the final top 25 of the Amway Coaches Poll or the Associated Press media poll.

►Alabama’s Nick Saban: $525,000

Notable: Victories in the College Football Playoff semifinals and final would each be worth $200,000 more. The team’s performance in the NCAA’s GSR and Academic Progress Rate metrics will give him another $100,000.

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