Highest-paid partner football coaches: Worth it or overpaid?


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A dozen college football partner coaches done some-more than $1.15 million this year, though some of their salaries are some-more easy to clear than others. Here’s a demeanour during that of a top-10 highest-paid assistants warranted their keep this year, and that ones seem overpaid.

1. Dave Aranda, LSU defensive coordinator

Total pay: $1.8 million

Verdict: Worth it (barely). LSU wasn’t a defensive juggernaut during a unchanging season, though Aranda does merit credit for heading his section to another top-20 finish. The Tigers arrange 13th in a Football Bowl Subdivision in sum invulnerability and 17th in scoring invulnerability and won 6 of their final 7 games to acquire a symbol in a Citrus Bowl opposite Notre Dame. There’s some value in consistency, too; Over a past 4 years, Aranda’s units during Wisconsin and LSU have ranked eighth, on average, in scoring invulnerability during a finish of a unchanging season. 

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2. Brent Venables, Clemson defensive coordinator

Total pay: $1.7 million

Verdict: Worth it. Despite a detriment of quarterback Deshaun Watson, among other pivotal pieces, Clemson requisitioned another symbol in a inhabitant semifinals and Venables’ invulnerability is again ranked among a nation’s best. The Tigers are tied for third in a nation in sacks per diversion and are holding opponents to usually 13.6 points per game, that ranks fifth nationally.

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3. John Chavis, Texas AM defensive coordinator

Total pay: $1.6 million

Verdict: Overpaid. Though a Aggies finished a unchanging deteriorate above .500 during 7-5, Chavis’ invulnerability has been common during best, ranking 81st in scoring invulnerability and 59th in yards authorised per game. For a male being paid twice as many as some of his Power Five peers, that usually isn’t good enough.

4. Matt Canada, LSU descent coordinator

Total pay: $1.5 million

Verdict: Overpaid. In Canada’s initial deteriorate as descent coordinator, a Tigers are ranked 54th in sum offense and in a bottom half of a nation in scoring during 28.1 points per diversion (No. 72 overall). Head manager Ed Orgeron even “stepped in” to make a few changes to Canada’s system.

T-5. Don Brown, Michigan defensive coordinator

Total pay: $1.3 million

Verdict: Worth it. In a midst of a muted 8-4 season, a Wolverines indeed boasted a plain invulnerability underneath Brown, who is jacket adult his second deteriorate with a program. Only dual teams in a country — Wisconsin and Alabama — gave adult fewer yards per diversion than Michigan, that also boasted a nation’s No. 1 flitting defense.

T-5. Jeremy Pruitt, Alabama defensive coordinator

Total pay: $1.3 million

Verdict: Worth it. The Crimson Tide have prolonged had one of a many widespread defenses in a country, and this deteriorate has been no different. Alabama leads a nation in scoring defense, permitting usually 11.5 points per game, and ranks second in sum defense, heading Pruitt’s name to cocktail adult in reports surrounding a few Power Five coaching searches.

T-7. Brian Daboll, Alabama descent coordinator

Total pay: $1.2 million

Verdict: Worth it. Alabama’s first-year descent coordinator has guided his section to top-20 rankings in both yards and points per game, eclipsing a 40-point symbol in 7 of a team’s 12 regular-season games. Daboll has plenty of talent to work with, mind you, though he’s kept a Crimson Tide offense in good figure following a depart of former descent coordinator Lane Kiffin and many of final year’s descent staff.

T-7. Kevin Steele, Auburn defensive coordinator

Total pay: $1.2 million

Verdict: Worth it. The Tigers finished a unchanging deteriorate ranked 10th in scoring invulnerability and hold season-ending No. 1 Clemson to a season-low 14 points in a Sep meeting, despite a 14-6 loss. Steele was also a finalist for this year’s Broyles Award, that is given annually to a nation’s tip assistant.

9. Bob Shoop, Tennessee defensive coordinator

Total pay: $1.155 million

Verdict: Overpaid. The Volunteers brought Shoop to Knoxville dual years with hopes that he could build their invulnerability into a powerhouse. Instead, they authorised 29.1 points per diversion this deteriorate after giving adult 28.8 final year, ranking in a center of a container in a FBS any year. This season, they gave adult 40 points or some-more in half of their SEC games.

T-10. Tim Drevno, Michigan descent coordinator

Total pay: $1.15 million

Verdict: Overpaid. The Wolverines’ offense was somewhere between normal and subsequent normal this season, ranking 86th in a nation in scoring and unwell to even moment a tip 100 in yards per game. 

T-10. Pep Hamilton, Michigan flitting diversion coordinator

Total pay: $1.15 million

Verdict: Overpaid. In Hamilton’s initial deteriorate as flitting diversion coordinator, Michigan’s flitting diversion ranks 111th in a country. Due in vast partial to injuries, a Wolverines have shuffled by 3 quarterbacks who threw a total 9 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions in 12 regular-season games.

T-10. Jim Leavitt, Oregon defensive coordinator

Total pay: $1.15 million

Verdict: Overpaid (barely). The Ducks paid a high cost to woo Leavitt from Colorado and didn’t see a clever lapse on that investment. Oregon’s invulnerability ranks among a tip 30 in a few categories, including sacks per diversion and forced turnovers, though it’s also 76th in a nation in scoring invulnerability and gave adult scarcely 35 points per diversion opposite Pac-12 opponents this year.

Contact Tom Schad during tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad

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