Top 10 bang-for-the-buck coaches 

July, 11, 2012

Chris Petersen/Dana Holgorsen/Mario CristobalIcon SMIThese three coaches rank among the best values in college football.
Head coaches' salaries went through the roof, oh, about six or seven years back. They have escalated with, notably, Mack Brown, Les Miles, Nick Saban and Bob Stoops raising the bar for one another in excess of $3 million, $4 million and now $5 million. Those top-shelf coaches are being paid somewhere between $3.75 million and $5.2 million a year.

But there is still some value out there. Perhaps it's only a matter of time until the bargain coaches have their paydays too, but some schools are getting a lot for their money in the interim. In a couple of rare instances -- Joe Paterno, all issues related to his dismissal aside, was making about $1 million in salary at the time of his ouster -- they have for a long time. But most of these coaches are up-and-comers climbing the ladder.