Many people believe college football coaches make way too much money, especially in the context of the argument about whether or not college football players should receive compensation—in excess of the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars they already receive in scholarships, that is.
But what constitutes a truly bad coaching contact?
Are the worst contracts those that fail to compensate a head coach well enough for running a major college program? How about those that seem inflated? How about those giant buyouts for coaches that a university wants to dismiss?
We might be able to argue that Nick Saban's $5.5 million per year salary is grossly inflated. After all, he is the highest-paid public employee in the United States. The president of the University of Alabama makes $464,000 per year. The governor of Alabama makes only $121,000 annually. Heck, the President of the United States makes $400,000 every year, far behind Saban—and nearly every FBS coach. But Saban—and ultra-successful coaches like him—could argue that they provide a benefit to the university in excess of the salary he receives. So money alone can't be the determining factor.
What about contracts unfair to either the coach or the university? Let's take a look at those contracts, the ones that make you simply scratch your head. Here are the 10 worst college football coach contracts today.
Note: The figures used are for 2012, as that is the most recent season for which all 125 coaching contracts are available. While some 2013 details are available, it seemed unfair to compare a 2013 contract for one coach to a 2012 contract for another.
Links to most FBS coaching contracts can be found here.