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Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban leads the annual USA Today list of the highest paid coaches in college football with a total salary of $ 8, 3 million for the 201
Saban is followed by Urban Meyer ($ 7.6 million), Jim Harbaugh ($ 7.5 million) of the Michigan Wolverines, Jimbo Fisher of Texas A & M Aggies ($ 7.5 million) ) and the Auburn Tigers' Gus Malzahn ($ 6.7 million) in this year's Top Five, released on Wednesday.
The Tide coach, who signed an eight-year, $ 74.4 million contract extension last July, said he was "probably" not worth his salary last year
"But I do not really do that for money, and I've never really done it, "he told reporters. "I started earning $ 8,000 a year in this job, and that was after two years as a graduate assistant who did nothing, I wanted to graduate school and load trucks, and my wife worked in the registrar's office and we were happy when my dad brought us a box of peas so we could get a side dish. "
Saban is associated with his bama legend Bear Bryant for most national championships as a six-year head coach, including five since joining Tide In the year 2007
Meanwhile, Meyer does not receive his full salary for the 2018 campaign.
Ohio State announced in August that it would give up "six weeks of compensation" in addition to its three-day ban for its treatment allegations of domestic violence against former assistant Zach Smith, who was fired in July.
Harbaugh was in the hot seat after losing the season against Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but Michigan has beaten back with four straight wins.
There are 13 coaches here with a total salary of at least $ 5 million that do not include potential bonuses and 82 coaches earning at least $ 1 million this season.
Seven schools (Air Force, Army, Baylor, BYU, Rice, SMU, and Temple) provided no information for the USA Today database.