After writing a blog about the best college football coaches compared to the highest paid college football coaches, I thought it was only fair to mention the most over-paid college football coaches. In an era where coaches are some of the highest paid employees in a state, we should probably expect that some don’t perform at the level they are paid. Whether it’s fair or not, the 6 coaches on this list either haven’t performed at the level they are worth or I personally doubt they will. I’m prepared for the immense hate that is about to ensue
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1. Kirk Ferentz: Iowa
No. 21 Salary: $4.75 million
While he has had a few successful seasons, he has only managed to win 2 Big Ten titles and 1 division title for the Hawkeyes. In 19 seasons as the Iowa head coach, his win percentage is only .596. Although that is a fine-enough win percentage, Ferentz is getting paid more than coaches like Mark Dantonio.
2. Jim Harbaugh: Michigan
No. 3 Salary: $8 million
Although Harbaugh has done an excellent job at recruiting and winning games, he has not been able to win the games necessary to accomplish anything meaningful. For a school like Michigan and the amount of money he is being paid, a conference championship should be expected, or at the very least a division title. Look at what Michigan State has done for nearly half the price.
3. Jimbo Fisher: Texas A&M
No. 5 Salary: $7.5 million
Obviously, Jimbo Fisher has proven to be a great coach. He won a National Championship for God’s sake. Yet, it’s hard to imagine that he will be worth more than Urban Meyer, as he tries to rebuild a program in the toughest division in college football at the age of 52. I don’t want to say he is past his prime but if he can’t manage to beat schools that are paying substantially less, like Auburn or LSU, is he really worth the high price tag?
4. Brian Kelly: Notre Dame
No. 17 Salary: $5 million
Like Jimbo Fisher, Brian Kelly has had a great career. Over the 8 years he has been coaching the Irish, his win percentage is .670, if you include all the vacated victories from the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Even with plenty of wins each year however, Kelly has never made Notre Dame appear as real national contenders. Even when they were physically playing in the national championship against in 2013, it felt more like a scrimmage for the Crimson Tide.
5. Jeremy Pruitt: Tennessee
No. 25 Salary: $4 million
Jeremy Pruitt was one of the more interested new hires. As Tennessee extinguished their long list of candidates because they all surprisingly turned down the job, Pruitt somehow became the Vols new head coach. He has proven to be a capable defensive coordinator from Georgia to Alabama but has never been a head coach, not even at the high school level. There’s a chance he turns out to be a great head coach but because his first HC job is in the recruiting dead zone of the SEC, there is an even likelier chance he has a difficult time. Without the experience, I have a hard time believe he is worth what he is getting paid.
6. Chad Morris: Arkansas
No. 35 Salary: $3.5 million
Surely some will try to argue that Chad Morris is worth every penny because of what he accomplished at SMU but I wholeheartedly disagree. Although the Mustangs only won a single game before he arrived, other SMU coaches were able to have winning seasons only a few years prior to Morris’ arrival. It took him 3 seasons just to get a winning record of 7-6 at a school in Dallas, Texas, one of the best recruiting cities in the world. To make matters worse, SMU never managed to crack even the top half of the AAC teams for recruiting during his tenure. He may end up being fairly successful at Arkansas but until he proves it, I don’t think he’s worth the money they are paying him if he was barely worth what SMU was willing to.