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Report: USC to pay up to $6 million for new coach


USC is willing to pay top dollar to their next head coach. In fact, they are ready to make somebody the highest paid coach in college football.

According to a report by Travis Haney of, the Trojans could be prepared to cut a $6 million contract to their next head coach. While profiling Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin as a potential coaching candidate for USC’s vacant position, Haney reports USC Athletics Director Pat Haden and the university are ready to make their next head coach among the highest paid in the game. Per

How serious are the Trojans? One industry source told me this week that USC is willing to extend an offer of up to $6 million a year to get its man. Yes, that’s more than Nick Saban makes (for now).

“This hire means that much to them,” the source said. “There’s only one USC. I talk to a lot of people who have worked there and they say it’s the best place they’ve ever coached.”

According to this year’s database of coaching salaries published by USA Today, Alabama’s Saban and Mack Brown of Texas are the only two coaches earning at least $5 million this season. For what it’s worth, Lane Kiffin was making $2,406,505 from USC for this season before being dismissed earlier this season. Texas A&M is paying Sumlin $2,436,300 this year.

There is no doubt USC will have the funds to hire the right coach, but just who is going to be the coach who commands that value at USC? The $6 million mark may be an extreme, but it is pretty clear USC is taking this search seriously. USC needs to find the right coach who can turn things around in a hurry. They are not going to get Saban, so is there any coach out there who would be worth that high-priced contract?

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23 Responses to “Report: USC to pay up to $6 million for new coach”
  1. soundsofsuccess7 says: Nov 15, 2013 5:56 PM


  2. imaduffer says: Nov 15, 2013 6:22 PM

    It would be cheaper if they payed for better football players. Oh, I forgot, they already did that .

  3. rolltide510 says: Nov 15, 2013 6:50 PM

    PleasePleasePleasePleasePlease let USC pay Sumlin 6 mil.

    Or keep Interim Coach YawYaw, either scenario would fill my evil gump heart with joy.

  4. thekatman says: Nov 15, 2013 7:15 PM

    USC already has their new HC and that’s CEO. Period!
    If Coach O and thet eam can beat either Stanford or UCLA, it’s his. And if Haden decides not to pick CEO, he had better have a damn good reason andr eplacement coach, becaue whomever he chooses, outside of CEO, is a replacement, not a star HC, until proven so.

  5. imacdane says: Nov 15, 2013 7:41 PM

    A&M has more money than USC.

  6. ttalarico says: Nov 15, 2013 8:00 PM

    Thank God there is only one USC!

  7. rolltide510 says: Nov 15, 2013 8:01 PM

    Coach O is a great recruiter and a lousy head coach. You know, like Kiffin. He’s also a walking NCAA violation. You know, like Kiffin.

    This is going to be AWESOME.

  8. seniorboy says: Nov 15, 2013 8:29 PM

    what a miserable waste of money! The interim coach has the team fired up and they are winning with big numbers, ergo, eh is the guy.
    spend less on scholastics an more within inner city youth, scholarships for the needy, those unable to ever pay the tuition for USC and limit the number of foreigners attending school simply because they pay full clout and bring a billion or so to the economic landscape. Call a spade a spade USC, you are in it for the money and nothing else.

  9. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:54 PM

    Gruden, Pat Hayden is on line 1. Let the rumors roll. What color tie will he wear Monday? Lol

  10. MyTeamsAllStink says: Nov 15, 2013 9:57 PM

    keep Ogereron

  11. floridacock says: Nov 15, 2013 10:40 PM

    Silly to set a price. Guess what the price tag will be now. Seems like they have a good coach. Gotta be good since he is from SEC land!

  12. bigpimp69 says: Nov 15, 2013 10:42 PM

    imacdane says:
    Nov 15, 2013 7:41 PM
    A&M has more money than USC.

    Honestly, this has to be, perhaps, the most moronic statement ever posted on a college football message board.

    A & M has a lot of things, they do not have deeper pockets than USC.

  13. provguard says: Nov 15, 2013 11:41 PM

    I was bullied when I was in Basic Training in the Army… Does that count???

    As a child I bullied by my Mom forcing me to do chores…

    Where does this end???

  14. imacdane says: Nov 15, 2013 11:54 PM

    Hey bigpimp69, why don’t you check the facts before you make a moronic statement like that. Check the amount of revenue A&M generates from athletics, the amount of money they spend on athletics, the endowment, the alumni base, the amount of money they were able to raise last year alone (700+ million) and compare that to USC and get back to me. Idiot.

  15. dcroz says: Nov 16, 2013 8:03 AM

    The $6 million a year offer may show how serious Haden is in wanting to bring a quality coach to LA, but who out there is worth that kind of money? Nick Saban is, but he won’t be heading to southern California unless it’s to the Rose Bowl for the BCSNCG in January. Urban Meyer is, but I’d be shocked if he left Columbus for anywhere. Steve Spurrier is, but he’s almost 70 and turned down an offer from ‘Bama to be the highest-paid coach in college football in 2006 before the Tide landed Saban. Bob Stoops was at one time and perhaps still could be, though his record at OU in big games the last several years leaves a lot to be desired. Art Briles, Kevin Sumlin, James Franklin, David Shaw, to name a few, may be interested in relocating to Heritage Hall, but would do so for much less than $6 million per annum. One thing is for certain, though: regardless of what the final figure turns out to be, Haden had better hit a grand slam with this hire, or his time as AD may come to a close long before he intends.

  16. 1historian says: Nov 16, 2013 11:15 AM

    All Haden had to to was get that number out there and just sit back and wait for the applications to come flowing in.

    Mission accomplished.

  17. thekatman says: Nov 16, 2013 11:44 AM

    Leet’s see about fund raising…. USC has passed the $2B mark in or so yrs. $1B in the first year of the $6B fund raising campaign.

  18. pricecube says: Nov 16, 2013 11:56 AM


    Not an A&M fan at all… but A&M does have an enormous endowment.

    USC endowment: $3.489 billion

    A&M endowment: $7.6 billion

    They have more than twice as much money as USC.

  19. pricecube says: Nov 16, 2013 12:03 PM

    I wonder if Jimmy Sexton is planning on getting Nick Saban a raise this year. It doesn’t seem like it would be very hard.

  20. tgaustin says: Nov 16, 2013 12:09 PM

    When Coach Sumlin gave his team the day off the other day, he took a private charter to USC to meet with Hayden. Ironically, it was only a few years ago when the Aggie Ath. Dept. had to borrow 16million from the University to help pay for facility repairs.

    After one successful year in the SEC, the boosters are throwing everything they can to the University. Sumlin and Manziel should probably have statues made of them after this year. If Sumlin does leave, it will be interesting to see who the next hire will be. I think Art Briles would have to be first on their list. Then again, Sumlin might just want to stay??

  21. scbaby2013 says: Nov 17, 2013 4:06 PM

    @imaduffer usc never paid players like Miami just did with their boosters. Fact is Reggie bush and family took $ from a wanna be agent and got a house thousand miles away from USC
    Fight on USC!!!!

  22. thekatman says: Nov 17, 2013 10:07 PM

    San Diego is 120 miles from LA, but point well taken.
    I state it now. Haden will annoynce, after the last Pac-12 game, CEO will be the HC for the 2014 season and beyond. Oregeron gets it, and he demonstrates the USC mantra everyday.

  23. trojanprince2 says: Nov 24, 2013 12:50 PM

    USC endowment: $3.489 billion
    A&M endowment: $7.6 billion

    A&M’s endowment number is “SYSTEM WIDE,” per your own links. That’s the entire Texas public university system, of which’s A&M’s share is less than $1 billion. USC’s is just for USC.

    Meanwhile, USC is the number 4 academic fundraising university, and is consistently in the top 5, and sometimes number 1.

    Texas A&M is nowhere to be found. You can check back for the last 15 years, and they’ve never cracked the top 10, whereas USC is there EVERY YEAR. Case closed.

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