Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, firing up his team before a game against Wisconsin on Nov. 17, gains income from a deal with the Kroger supermarket chain.
USA TODAY Sports reporters and editors analyzed thousands of documents in calculating salaries for the 124 FBS head coaches and nearly 1,000 assistants.
While combing through contract after contract – after contract after contract – we also came across a few interesting contractual “quirks.” Some involve relationships with supermarket chains, golf clubs and gun shops. Others are bonuses that can be earned by reaching certain on- and off-field goals. Here are a few examples:
Texas coach Mack Brown:
Brown was paid $60,000 to serve as the chairman of the board for the University of Texas Golf Club. While it’s a pittance compared to his football earnings, Brown’s off-the-field benefits also included a $750 gift card to McBride’s Guns in Austin.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer:
Meyer has $50,000 in outside income from a deal with the Kroger supermarket chain that involves the cash payment for him, a $60,000 donation to his foundation and a $55,000 discretionary fund “for use on mutually agreed upon events” with any unused funds being donated to the foundation. One of Meyer’s “general responsibilities” under the arrangement is that “The Meyer family will consider Kroger their supermarket of choice.”
LSU coach Les Miles:
If LSU fires Miles before Dec. 31, 2012, it will owe him $18.75 million. If LSU fires Miles at any point from Jan. 1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2014, it will owe him $15 million. If Miles wins the national championship – he came close last year – in addition to a $200,000 bonus for appearing in any BCS game, his total annual compensation shall be adjusted to be no less than the highest salary of any coach in the SEC, plus $1,000.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel:
Pinkel contractually had been due $50,000 in increases this season for endorsements and TV, radio and public appearances, but his pay in those areas was frozen for one year by the university after his arrest in November 2011 for DWI. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in connection with the incident, which also resulted in a one-week suspension by the school.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier:
Spurrier reported more than $10,000 in golf-related income, including $2,000 in golfing paraphernalia – clubs and balls, made by Wilson. Spurrier said in an interview with USA TODAY Sports that he also receives compensation for playing in a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. He played in a celebrity tournament there in July and finished 40th of 82 players, earning $3,260 in prize money.
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