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Franklin Eighth-Highest Paid NCAA Football Coach After Raise

USA Today released its yearly list of NCAA coaches’ salaries, and James Franklin found his way to the top 10.

Franklin placed eighth, earning $4,300,000 this year with a max bonus of $1,000,000. By becoming bowl-eligible last week against Temple, Franklin was granted a $200,000 bonus.

Two other Big Ten coaches — Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer — topped Franklin, placing second and sixth, respectively. For comparison’s sake, Bill O’Brien made about $3.3 million coaching Penn State last year, and Joe Paterno made only a tad more than $1 million during his tenure. At Vanderbilt, Franklin made about $1.8 million in his final fiscal year as head coach.

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When Franklin signed his contract, he was set to become the second highest Big Ten earner, but Dantonio received a raise after last season to bump him above Penn State’s first-year coach.

Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz rounded out the top 10, meaning that the Big Ten has four of the top 10 highest-earning coaches in the country. Nebraska’s Bo Pelini also finds himself in the top 25, earning over $3 million, 24th in the nation. Rutgers’ Kyle Flood, who still makes a cool $975,000, is the lowest-paid Big Ten coach.

Alabama’s Nick Saban topped the list, raking in more than seven million dollars.

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