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4 Worst College Football Head Coaching Contracts Through Week 9 of 2019 Season

By David Hayes
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If there's one thing we've learned from the recent college football head-coaching market, it's that major, brand-name FBS programs aren't afraid to shell out millions of dollars over multi-year periods to find their own version Nick Saban or Dabo Swinney.

Unfortunately for the vast majority of those programs, simply flooding a head coach's pockets with cash has left a great number of schools high and dry with enormous salary bills to pay. Here's a look at four of the worst current head-coaching contracts through Week 9 of the 2019 college football season.

4. Chad Morris, Arkansas Razorbacks

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Chad Morris Contract: 6-year, $21 million
Date Signed: December 2017
2019 Annual Salary:
 $3.5 million
Contract Buyout: $9.8 million
While it's only Chad Morris's second year at the helm in Fayetteville, he certainly doesn't have much to show for his stay in Arkansas thus far. His Razorbacks went just 2-10 in 2018, and they're off to a 2-6 start in 2019. They've also already made the wrong kind of history through just eight games this year after giving San Jose State, a three-touchdown underdog, its first win over an SEC opponent in program history. Arkansas is a combined 0-12 against SEC opponents under Morris, and the Razorbacks have yet to defeat a Power 5 conference opponent during his tenure.

3. Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee Volunteers

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Willie Taggart Contract: 6-year, $22.8 million
Date Signed: December 2017
2019 Annual Salary:
 $5.35 million
Contract Buyout: $9.12 million
Despite his immense success behind Nick Saban at Alabama at various coaching positions in the Crimson Tide's defense between 2007-12 and 2016-17, Jeremy Pruitt hasn't brought anything close to that level of competition to Rocky Top since taking over as the Tennessee head coach. After a 5-7 finish in 2018, Pruitt's 2019 season has gotten off to a disastrous start as well. Tennessee lost its first game to a Sun Belt opponent in program history in the 2019 season opener, as 26-point home favorites over Georgia State. With remaining road games against Kentucky and Missouri, the Vols could be staring at yet another bowl-less season.

2. Willie Taggart, Florida State Seminoles

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Willie Taggart Contract: 6-year, $30 million
Date Signed: December 2017
2019 Annual Salary:
 $5 million
Contract Buyout: $17.7 million
Florida State has been trending in the wrong direction for the past two seasons, and that pattern really hasn't improved in 2019. The Seminoles are sitting at 4-4, which is exactly where they were at this point last season, but FSU's best win has come over a 5-3 Louisville team, and the Noles still have yet to win a road game this year. Florida State's brand and historic success, along with incredible in-state recruiting talent, make its standards well beyond a .500 program struggling to make a meaningless bowl, especially when that product comes with a $5 million annual price tag. With a battle against in-state rival Miami and road games against the likes of Boston College and No. 6 Florida to look forward to on this year's schedule, the Seminoles could make it two straight years without a bowl game appearance after Florida State snapped its record of 36 consecutive bowl appearances last season.

1. Jeff Brohm, Purdue Boilermakers

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Jeff Brohm Contract: 7-year, $36.8 million
Date Signed: April 2019
2019 Annual Salary:
 $5.35 million
Contract Buyout: N/A
If you're wondering how Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm became the 11th-highest paid coach in all of college football for the 2019 season, you are not alone. Even though Brohm has relatively lifted this program out of the depths of despair following a 9-39 combined record over the four seasons prior to his takeover in 2017, the fact that he has the third-highest salary in the Big Ten (behind Michigan's Jim Harbaugh and Penn State's James Franklin) is nothing short of a head-scratcher. Brohm's 13-13 record over the past two seasons has led Purdue to back-to-back bowl appearances, but his Boilermakers lost a lot of credibility after allowing an NCAA-record 56 first-half points in their 63-14 loss to Auburn in last year's Music City Bowl. However, Brohm's bowl streak is in serious trouble with his Boilermakers off to an abysmal 2-5 start to the 2019 season, behind a 1-4 Big Ten conference record.


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