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Forbes says Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly is best coach for the money

Nick Saban, Brian Kelly

Alabama’s Nick Saban may be the best coach money can buy, but Notre Dame is getting the best value for the money spent on the contract for Brian Kelly. That is what Forbes has to say at least, with a ranking of the best coaches for the money published Monday.

To put this list together, Forbes took Sagarin win percentages and a coach’s share of football expenses into consideration. There may be no perfect way to analyze a coach’s value to a program that everyone can agree on, but under the conditions used for this particular ranking this sounds like a good enough way to go about it. Using this method, Kelly comes out on top with the Irish thanks to a 21-5 record and just 3.36 percent of the football program’s expenses.

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is ranked second on the list, followed by Saban, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier to round out the top five. The highest-ranked coach from outside of the typical power conferences is UCF’s George O’Leary, who is ranked seventh, followed by Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter.

You can check out the full list here.

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22 Responses to “Forbes says Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly is best coach for the money”
  1. gatorprof says: Aug 4, 2014 2:35 PM

    Silliness. I am sure that ND would trade being #1 in a Forbes poll for a national title.

    Meyer at 24? He of two national titles who has been wildly successful wherever he has gone.

    The Mad Hatter doesn’t make the list, he of two titles?

  2. wadaea says: Aug 4, 2014 2:39 PM

    Attention Wal-mart shoppers we have a deal on asle get what you pay for……

  3. timh1955 says: Aug 4, 2014 2:58 PM

    gatorprof Les Miles has ONE National Championship not two.

  4. timh1955 says: Aug 4, 2014 3:07 PM

    Nick Saban is without a doubt the BEST coach in college football…..period.

  5. Deb says: Aug 4, 2014 3:44 PM

    Is this the same Forbes that had Saban on the cover a couple of years ago as the most powerful coach in all of sports? So he’s the most powerful, but not the best buy for the money? Uh-huh.

  6. gatorprof says: Aug 4, 2014 4:04 PM

    timh1955…my bad, I was giving him one of Saban’s titles.

    Poll is still a joke as Miles >> Kelly. Put Kelly in the SEC west and see how he survives.

    It is a huge joke not to have Saban #1 with his 4 national titles at 2 different schools.

    Kelly would be happy to be compared to a MSU-era Saban.

  7. sportsfan18 says: Aug 4, 2014 6:17 PM

    ya’ll, this isn’t a poll for best coach over all you know…

    THIS poll takes into account salary.

    One may slice and dice things many ways in this world.

    This poll isn’t saying that Kelly is better than Saban, Les and other title winning teams.

    And yes, the Irish would much rather have a title, that wasn’t a part of this poll.

    It’s like the many high end sports cars out there.

    There are polls for best value for the most horsepower which of course takes into account the horsepower and how “cheap” the car is.

    Those polls aren’t saying the winner of the car with the most horsepower for the least amount of dollars is the best sports car.

    And this poll isn’t saying Kelly is the best coach overall.

    Not difficult to follow or understand folks.

    Just another way to see how much value a coach is bringing to the program (one way, not all ways either).

  8. Deb says: Aug 4, 2014 7:12 PM

    @sportsfan18 …

    We understand the nature of the poll. But Saban’s pay is commensurate with the amount of money he’s brought to the university since taking over the program and bringing it back to national prominence. That’s why his placement here seems odd. Ditto for Miles, who’s had a positive impact on LSU’s fortunes.

  9. jdbaker01 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:24 PM

    Jan 7, 2013
    Alabama 42
    Notre Dame 14

  10. fsu01 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:54 PM

    Based on the criteria that is being measured, I would agree with the rankings. When you consider that Nick Saban (who I consider the best coach in college football) makes 5 times what Brian Kelley makes that is significant. Nick Saban while the best there is does not have five times the impact for Alabama that Brian Kelly has had for Notre Dame both from a financial and winning perspective. He has had considerably more impact but not five times greater when considering both variables.

  11. bonerchamp says: Aug 4, 2014 8:28 PM

    I get all of my CFB news from Forbes!

  12. domer71 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:41 PM

    Hey Knuckleheads,

    Forbes is not saying Kelly’s the best coach, just he’s being paid a lot less than Saban as a ratio to his record.

    Guess what, Gandhi was paid a lot less than the Pope, or Saban for that matter – who’s more valuable? Discuss. I’m guessing a lot of you would say Saban (possibly because of the Gandhi, who? factor.)

  13. irishdodger says: Aug 4, 2014 8:56 PM

    I agree w/ sportsfan….you folks aren’t reading the article correctly and letting your emotion affect your posts. No one argues that Saban is the best coach in the nation. You do realize Forbes is financial rag…not a sports mag…right? Don’t worry SEC…ESPN still loves you the most.

  14. Deb says: Aug 4, 2014 9:20 PM

    According to another Forbes article on “The Magic of Nick Saban,” he’s doubled Alabama’s revenues from $67 million to $124 million since being hired in 2007. Enrollment is up 33 percent. And while fewer than a third of 2007 students were out of state, more than 50 percent of 2012 students were bringing in out-of-state tuition.

    Thank you, irishdodger and domer71, but again, I understand the premise of the article. You are the knuckleheads who can’t understand the comments.

  15. danner83 says: Aug 4, 2014 10:25 PM

    Curious on how forbes knows his salary and the expenditures of the football program. Not saying it’s not possible but that is not public information. Estimating Kelly’s salary is far easier than estimating the programs finances. Just saying

  16. sparty0n says: Aug 4, 2014 11:50 PM

    HOLD ON! Forbes is doing this all wrong. What current coach as increased a teams national standing, thus INCREASING the football expenditure by his university?

    Kelly has done nothing to increase the value of ND football.

    Saban brought back life to Bama. Dantonio has a brought back respect to MSU.

    I can’t think of two coaches more valuable to their universities than these two.

  17. jackvcr says: Aug 5, 2014 1:25 AM

    Forbes doesn’t know its ass from last year’s tea leaves about football.

  18. musketmaniac says: Aug 5, 2014 1:15 PM

    Ghandi vs the pope. religion and football how did we twist these two together. Sounds like a knute Rockne pre game speech where he describes football as a war and his players as holy warriors. THANK GOD I AM AN ATHEIST. next time go with Winston Churchill vs the Dali Llama.

  19. barkleyblows says: Aug 5, 2014 8:27 PM

    Nobody cares about Nick cheater.

  20. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 5, 2014 9:15 PM

    Im sorry, but to me Saban has to be number one here. Not because, he’s a better coach, but because wining 3 national titles has brought how much money into the University of Alabama?

    It’s all about return on investment and I doubt anyone has brought more income to a school than Saban.

  21. Deb says: Aug 6, 2014 1:06 PM

    @8to80 …

    With their own past articles, Forbes has laid out the ROI Alabama has gotten from Saban. But the boys on this thread can’t stand hearing that because they can’t stand Saban. So rather than engaging in a rational discussion of which coach is really the best buy for the money, they just put their fingers in their ears and run around singing “lalalalala” while pretending no one else understands what the article is actually about.

    Pretty funny stuff that.

  22. djbillyd says: Aug 7, 2014 5:39 PM

    When was the last time Forbes fielded a National Championship? When was Kelley’s last National title?

    Just as I thought…, more hot air than a mule fart!

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