Oklahoma knows what it takes to keep great coaches in Norman. For starters, money is at the top of the list. Current Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley is no stranger to the compensation that comes with being Oklahoma’s head coach. In a recent look at college football’s highest-paid coaches from USA TODAY Sports, Riley ranks in the top five.
Highest paid coaches via USA Today entering 2021
1-N. Saban $9.7M
2-E. Orgeron $9.0M
3-D. Shaw $8.9M
4-D. Swinney $8.3M
5-L. Riley $7.6M
6-D. Mullen $7.57M
7-J. Fisher $7.5M
8-K. Smart, UGA $7.1M
9-R. Day $6.6M
10-G. Patterson $6.1M
11-P. Fitzgerald $5.7M
12-C. Kelly $5.6M
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) October 14, 2021
Nick Saban is at the top of the list and with good reason. He’s the best coach of the best program over the last 10 years. The success speaks for itself, and for Alabama, none of their other sports programs bring in the revenue or success that football does, so Saban being compensated as such makes a lot of sense.
Ed Orgeron, coach of the LSU Tigers, ranks second. Orgeron’s Tigers decimated Oklahoma a few years ago in the Peach Bowl on their way to the program’s fourth national title. It’s been a struggle since that point, as LSU finished with five wins last year and have just three in 2021. Rumors continue to swirl about the security of Orgeron’s job despite his large salary.
David Shaw of Stanford and Dabo Swinney of Clemson are the last two coaches above Riley, and both make eight million dollars apiece. Riley slots in at number five with a salary of 7.6 million dollars. He recently signed a six-year deal with Oklahoma in 2020 worth 45.2 mi