Friday, March 1, 2013
Sumlin's raise takes him over $3 million
By Chris Low
There's a new member of the $3 million club in the SEC.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin will earn $3.1 million in 2013 after signing a new deal that will run through the 2017 season. He received a $1.1 million raise after making $2 million last year, which placed him among the three lowest-paid coaches in the SEC.
The Aggies are coming off an 11-2 season, including a win against Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.
Sumlin is now just ahead of Tennessee's Butch Jones as the fifth-highest paid coach in the SEC. Jones' deal will pay him $3 million per year.
In fact, eight of the 14 head coaches in the SEC are to earn $3 million or more per year.
Nick Saban, Alabama -- $5.6 million
Les Miles, LSU -- $4.3 million
Steve Spurrier, South Carolina -- $3.3 million
Bret Bielema, Arkansas -- $3.2 million
Mark Richt, Georgia -- $3.2 million
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M -- $3.1 million
Butch Jones, Tennessee -- $3 million
James Franklin, Vanderbilt -- $3 million-plus*
* Vanderbilt is a private institution and not required to release salary figures, but sources have told ESPN.com that the new deal Franklin signed following his first season at Vanderbilt pays him in excess of $3 million per year.