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MU’s Barry Odom is lowest-paid in SEC; KU’s David Beaty is lowest-paid in Power Five

Missouri Tigers head coach Barry Odom talked to his players during a game in September.
Missouri Tigers head coach Barry Odom talked to his players during a game in September. along@kcstar.com

Missouri’s Barry Odom is the lowest-paid football coach in the Southeastern Conference and Kansas’ David Beaty is the lowest paid among Power 5 schools, according to the updated USA Today database of Football Bowl Subdivision coaches’ salaries.

Odom’s $2.35 million salary ranks 47th nationally and is one of only five SEC coaches who make less than $4 million per year.

Two of the other four coaches — Georgia’s Kirby Smart ($3.75 million) and South Carolina’s Will Muschamp ($3 million) — also are first-year head coaches at their respective programs.

Meanwhile, Kentucky’s Mark Stoops make $3.5 million and Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason receives $2.6 million.

Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, who will make $9 million, is the highest-paid coach in the country followed by Alabama’s Nick Saban, who makes nearly $7 million.

Nine of the top 18 highest-paid coaches are in the SEC — including former LSU coach Les Miles, who was fired in late September.

Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops is the highest-paid coach in the Big 12 at $5.5 million, but embattled Texas coach Charlie Strong isn’t far behind at $5.2 million.

Kansas State’s Bill Snyder, who makes more than $3.1 million, ranks 33rd in the nation, while Beaty’s $801,109 salary ranks 84th nationally and is the lowest among all Power Five programs by nearly $600,000 behind Minnesota’s Tracy Claeys ($1.4 million).

2016 FBS coaches’ salaries

USA Today released its annual database of Football Bowl Subdivision football coaches’ salaries Wednesday. Below is a breakdown of the salaries for all Southeastern Conference and Big 12 coaches, excluding Baylor’s Jim Grobe. As a private school, the Bears aren’t subject to state Sunshine Law requests and apparently declined to provide Grobe’s salary details.

Head coach, school: Total pay

1. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan: $9,004,000

2. Nick Saban, Alabama: $6,939,395

4. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma: $5,500,000

6. Charlie Strong, Texas: $5,200,130

7. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M: $5,000,000

8. Gus Malzahn, Auburn: $4,729,500

9. Hugh Freeze, Mississippi: $4,703,500

13. Les Miles, LSU: $4,385,567

15. Jim McElwain, Florida: $4,268,325

16. Dan Mullen, Mississippi State: $4,200,000

17. Bret Bielema, Arkansas: $4,145,000

18. Butch Jones, Tennessee: $4,110,000

20. Gary Patterson, TCU: $4,014,723

22. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State: $3,775,000

23. Kirby Smart, Georgia: $3,753,600

26. Mark Stoops, Kentucky: $3,513,600

30. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech: $3,306,575

33. Bill Snyder, Kansas State: $3,106,000

36. Will Muschamp, South Carolina: $3,002,500

37. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia: $2,980,000

44. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt: $2,556,877

47. Barry Odom, Missouri: $2,350,000

58. Matt Campbell, Iowa State: $2,000,000

84. David Beaty, Kansas: $801,109

n/a. Jim Grobe, Baylor

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