Newspaper analysis puts Rhoads in good company


What is the common thread between current or former college football coaches Randy Edsall (Maryland), Houston Nutt (Ole Miss), Turner Gill (Kansas) and Kevin Wilson (Indiana)?

The answer is that each was paid more than $1 million per victory last fall. Gill and Nutt were fired after the 2011 season. Edsall and Wilson were in their first years of rebuilding projects and won two and one game, respectively.

It is an interesting exercise to look at college football head coaching salaries and calculate a per victory dollar figure. USA TODAY does that analysis annually.

Amongst the six major conferences (some schools did not report salaries), there were 14 head coaches who earned less than $200,000 per win.

The list of those clustered around $190k per triumph included Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald ($198,327), Ohio State’s Luke Fickell ($195,333), Kansas State’s Bill Snyder ($192,500), Iowa State’s Paul Rhoads ($191,917), Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio ($191,800), Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy ($190,909) and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney ($184,633).

Many experts would have listed Snyder, Dantonio, Gundy and Swinney as deserving of league or national coach-of-the-year honors last fall. Although Rhoads didn’t get a lot of consideration for those honors, it’s pretty obvious he did deliver a good dividend to his shareholders.

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