Originally written on College Football Universe  |  Last updated 11/21/12
The Big 12 outpaced the SEC in average salary pay per coach according to a USA Today report. The SEC still has the top paid coach, Alabama's Nick Saban, and they have eight coaches in the top 25 of the highest paid. The Big Ten has five of the top 25 salaries for coaches and the Big 12 has four. The SEC actually saw a decrease in average salary since last season, but that is partially due to new coaches hired for relatively low pay for the conference such as Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze ($1,505,500) and Arkansas coach John L. Smith ($850,000). The SEC average should rise at least some by next season since Arkansas is likely to be shelling out more money for a new coach.The popularity of college football and the money frenzy dedicated to winning has skyrocketed the pay of coaches in the FBS.  According to USA Today: "Coaches' pay has even outpaced the pay of corporate executives... Between 2007 and 2011, CEO pay — including salary, stock, options, bonuses and other pay — rose 23%, ac...
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