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Top 10 Highest Paid College Football Coaches In 2017

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Do you have a unquenchable love of the game, but don’t actually want to play the sport, but still use your knowledge on how to play to make money? Well, coaching might just be the perfect career choice for you! Okay, many professional coaches are former players, but you get the joke.

USA Today and Land of 10 listed the salaries of the coaches in the Big Ten, complete with their national ranking. Does this list making coaching seem like the job for you?

Jim Harbaugh

School: Michigan
Salary: $7,004,000
Ranking: 3rd nationally

This Toledo native is a former quarterback but now makes his living as the head coach for the University of Michigan Wolverines.


Urban Meyer

School: Ohio State
Salary: $6,431,240
Ranking: 4th

Once playing football at the University of Cincinnati, Meyer was a coach for the Bowling Green Falcons and Florida Gators before taking on the Ohio State Buckeyes.


James Franklin

School: Penn State
Salary: $4,600,000
Ranking: 12th

Like many on this list, this Pennsylvania boy was also a player-turned-coach. I’m noticing a pattern here.


Kirk Ferentz

School: Iowa
Salary: $4,550,000
Ranking: 13th

Kirk James Ferentz has been the head football coach at the University of Iowa since 1999.


Mark Dantonio

School: Michigan State
Salary: $4,390,492
Ranking: 16th

Mark Dantonio has been Michigan State University’s head football coach since 2007. And yes, he’s a former player. I really regret that joke at the start.


P.J. Fleck

School: Minnesota
Salary: $3,500,000
Ranking: 29th

Once the head coach of the Western Michigan Broncos, Phillip John (yes, that’s what P.J. stands for!) Fleck is now the head coach for the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team.


Jeff Brohm

School: Purdue
Salary: $3,333,333
Ranking: 31st

This former quarterback is the head coach at Purdue University, after formerly being a coach at Western Kentucky University.


Pat Fitzgerald

School: Northwestern
Salary: $3,305,818
Ranking: 32nd

The current head coach of the Northwestern University Wildcats football team has been in this role since 2006, since the death of Randy Walker.


Paul Chryst

School: Wisconsin
Salary: $3,200,000
Ranking: 36th

Once serving as the University of Pittsburgh, Chryst is the head football coach for the Wisconsin Badgers.


Lovie Smith

School: Illinois
Salary: $3,000,000
Ranking: 39th

Former head coach of the Chicago Bears, this current head football coach of the University of Illinois was also a former player. All the coaches on this list were former players, even the ones I did not mention. Must be a prerequisite.


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