In sports, winning is everything.
While parents of youth athletes may try to convince their children otherwise, when it comes down to brass tacks, there is either a winner or a loser to every competitive game.
For college football coaches, winning isn’t only everything but it’s the only the thing. The success of a coach is determined on how many overall wins he brings the program under his tenure. Although some coaches (like Mack Brown) can escape one year of mediocrity because of the deep legend he laid prior, other coaches (like Jim Grobe) could be skating on thin ice, no matter how well they did a few years ago.
At the end of last year, USA Today published an article laying out the salaries of practically every coach in Division I-A football. While this is not completely comprehensive due to about a dozen schools withholding the information, it is amazing to see the extreme range that coaches are paid.
However, the dollar amount on a coach’s paycheck doesn’t necessarily take away the all-importance of bringing home a win. A lower salaried coach who solidifies only one or no wins in a season is still extremely overpaid.
With that said, let’s take a look at 25 coaches who somehow eluded the axe last year and will be overpaid once again in 2011.