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Mike Gundy No. 18 in College Football Coaching Salaries



Mike Gundy is in a good place. He’s the king of football at his alma mater, having brought OSU’s program to heights never before seen, much less expected, over his 13-year tenure. He’s so comfortable in his orange skin that he feels free to bare a mullet and his upper body for the student body.

Gundy got a brand new contract over the summer that basically allows him to retire in Stillwater whenever he’s inclined to starting taking this farming thing seriously, and that deal earned him a spot among top-20 salaries in college football.

USA Today released the base salaries of 130 college football coaches and Mike Gundy came in at No. 18.

College Head Coach Salaries
 Rank School Conference Coach Base Salary
1 Alabama SEC Nick Saban $11,132,000
2 Clemson ACC Dabo Swinney $8,504,600
3 Michigan Big Ten Jim Harbaugh $7,004,000
4 Ohio State Big Ten Urban Meyer $6,431,240
5 Arizona Pac-12 Rich Rodriguez $5,631,563
6 Florida State ACC Jimbo Fisher $5,700,000
7 Stanford Pac-12 David Shaw $5,680,441
8 Texas Big 12 Tom Herman $5,486,316
9 Texas Christian Big 12 Gary Patterson $5,104,077
10 Texas A&M SEC Kevin Sumlin $5,000,000
11 Auburn SEC Gus Malzahn $4,725,000
12 Penn State Big Ten James Franklin $4,600,000
13 Iowa Big Ten Kirk Ferentz $4,550,000
14 Mississippi State SEC Dan Mullen $4,500,000
15 Florida SEC Jim McElwain $4,457,400
16 Michigan State Big Ten Mark Dantonio $4,380,492
17 Arkansas SEC Bret Bielema $4,200,000
18 Oklahoma State Big 12 Mike Gundy $4,200,000
19 Washington Pac-12 Chris Petersen $4,125,000
20 Tennessee SEC Butch Jones $4,110,000

Gundy is third among his Big 12 counterparts behind Texas’ Tom Herman (No. 8) and TCU’s Gary Patterson (No. 9). These numbers do not include incentive bonuses that are generally written into a contract. Here’s a look at some of the reported incentives in Gundy’s latest deal.

  • Appear in a non-New Year’s Six bowl game: 1.5-month’s base salary. Per the Tulsa World: “Gundy’s base salary is $500,000 — the other $3.7 million falls under his talent and personal services contract and money given to his retirement program. So this would be a $62,500 bonus.”
  • Appear in a New Year’s Six bowl game: $125,000
  • Win the conference championship game, finish first (or tied for first) if there is no conference championship game, or participate in a College Football Playoff semifinal game: $150,00
  • Appear in the CFP national championship game: $350,000
  • Win the CFP national championship game: $750,000

As Kyle Porter pointed out last week, Oklahoma State has been a top-20 program over the Gundy’s term, coming in at the 17th most successful program in the country. Over the last 10 years, OSU is 12th in winning percentage among FBS schools at 92-32.

The base number on Gundy’s contract could have been higher but it was reported that the 13th-year head man pushed for concessions elsewhere like increase salaries for support staff and budgeting for facility improvements. Either way, Gundy’s happy with Oklahoma State, Oklahoma State happy with Gundy and his salary reflects that.

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