Need further confirmation that college athletics is big business? Of course not, but we’re here to provide you with it anyway.
The USA Today attempted to gather the salary data for all athletic directors whose schools competed in 1-A football. As you can imagine, some of the numbers are astonishing. Vanderbilt’s David Williams (pictured) leads all ADs with a total pay of just over $2.5 million. Just below Williams, but by a cool $1 million, was Florida AD Jeremy Foley (also pictured) at $1,545,250 in total pay. Tom Jurich (also also pictured) of Louisville was the third-highest paid AD with a total pay of $1,427,704.
In all, six ADs (with the available information) eclipsed the $1 million mark. You can see the entire chart HERE. The numbers have been broken down into the following categories:
- University compensation, which consists of base salary and income from other contract provisions that are paid, or guaranteed, by the university or affiliated organizations.
- Non-University compensation, which is everything else.
- Maximum bonus for incentives such as win totals, bowl-game appearances, conference and/or national championships, etc.
Some other ADs of note include Texas’ DeLoss Dodds($1,095,756 total pay; $125,000 max bonus), Ohio State’s Gene Smith ($1,074,546 total pay; $250,000 max bonus), Notre Dame’s Jack Swarbrick ($932,232 total pay), Arkansas’ Jeff Long ($562,900 total pay; $450,000 max bonus) and West Virginia’s Oliver Luck ($405,600 total pay; $130,000 max bonus).