College Football's Top 50 Coaching Salaries: Are They Paid What They Should Be?

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College Football's Top 50 Coaching Salaries: Are They Paid What They Should Be?
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Many fans around the country believe that coaches are getting paid way too much these days, just by the looks of the lucrative deals they are signing.

However, winning has never been more important—what with all the conference realignments—and most should realize that the pressure of powerhouse programs to succeed as demanded by large fanbases often plays a vital role in the negotiation of these contracts.

Every school has a certain budget, but it should go without saying that most BCS programs will throw down a few million per season for their head football coaches.

Still, when a program is not succeeding, many would like their head coaches to take a dip in pay salary.

Instead, we have seen coaches get canned (usually after three failing seasons), and we often see several elite coaches make top dollar because they will come through in games that matter the most (rivalries, bowls, conference titles).

Looking at the top 50 paid coaches based on their 2012 salary, I will simply note whether they should be paid more or less (or the same) based on their level of production and just how vital they are to their programs. 

Note: Danny V's Wallet on the bottom suggests how much I would give them if I had an infinite amount, and it is based on their production and how vital they are to their current programs, etc. Salaries have links provided as some reports may have different salaries listed

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