3 Coaches You Won't Believe Are Paid Less Than Jim Harbaugh
Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh has been the target of criticism for a while, coaching a team that always seems to get in its own way. Making $7.5 million per season, however, Harbaugh is one of the highest-paid coaches in the country.
Given his massive salary, there are quite a few coaches that are getting paid significantly less than Michigan's leader.
1. Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma Sooners
2019 Annual Salary (School Pay): $6 million
After coaching back-to-back Heisman winners and first overall NFL draft picks, Lincoln Riley will almost certainly be seeing another pay raise sooner rather than later, whether it be from Oklahoma or an NFL team. With a 29-4 career record and yet another Heisman candidate in Jalen Hurts this season, Riley is clearly one of the best offensive minds in the country.
2. Ed Orgeron, LSU Tigers
2019 Annual Salary (School Pay): $4 million
With a 30-9 record at LSU, Ed Orgeron has come in and changed the culture in Baton Rouge. Usually a defensive team, LSU's offense has been tremendous this season with Joe Burrow at the helm, as the Tigers lead the country with 54.6 points per game (PPG). From the revamped offense to the typically impressive defense, "Coach O" is one of the best in the country.
3. Paul Chryst, Wisconsin Badgers
2019 Annual Salary (School Pay): $4.15 million
You do not need to look outside the Big Ten to find a coach that has outperformed Harbaugh this season. Paul Chryst led Wisconsin to a 35-14 victory over Michigan in Week 4, and the Badgers are 47-12 in his four-year tenure, including a perfect 4-0 record in bowl games. Wisconsin's defense is surrendering just 5.8 PPG this season (No. 1 in the NCAA), and Chryst's excellent coaching certainly has a lot to do with that.
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