In light of Jimbo Fisher’s contract extension at Texas A&M, it put the Aggies coach near the top in terms of annual compensation, per Stewart Mandel of The Athletic. Fisher now makes $9 million per year on a new 10-year deal through the 2031 season.
However, Fisher is not the highest paid coach in college football but he is only one of two in the country to top $9 million or more per year. The others near the top are more than $8 million or approach that figure.
"Fisher’s contract was extended by four (4) years until December 31, 2031. The terms of the new contract include an annual salary of $9,000,000 starting on January 1, 2022 and will increase to $9,150,000 on January 1, 2023. In each of the following years, the base salary increases by $100,000 on January 1. All other terms relative to performance incentives and other elements remain the same," a press release from the school stated.
Let’s dive into the highest-paid coaches in college football based on their annual compensation.
6. KIRBY SMART – GEORGIA
Salary: $6.9 million per year
Smart is one of the best coaches in college football and this could be the year he finally wins a national championship. They made the title game just a few years ago but lost to fellow SEC stalwart Alabama in overtime in an instant classic. The team has not been back since but returned to form in 2020. Now, with JT Daniels at quarterback, Georgia is the favorite in the SEC East and one of the few projected to be good enough to defeat Alabama, which went undefeated in 2020 and won the national championship, again.
5. DAN MULLEN – FLORIDA
Salary: $7.6 million per year
The Gators were knocking on the door of the College Football Playoff for the first time last year but could not finish, despite beating rival Georgia and making the SEC Championship Game. An upset loss at home to LSU followed by a shootout loss to Alabama for the conference crown ended all of the Gators' national title hopes. In 2021, they reset with new quarterback Emory Jones, who if he is good enough, could keep Florida at the top of the division and get back to the SEC Championship. It is an uphill climb this season, but Mullen’s 29-9 record in three seasons at the school gives fans reason to believe.