College football's most powerful coaches
Big time college football can be summed up in one word.
It's a powerful game. It demands attention. It makes a lot of money. And a lot of money is spent on it.
This week Forbes' sports business writer Chris Smith compiled his list of the ten most powerful coaches in college football. Of course he had his own little formula. The things he looked at to determine the level of "power" each coach had was to take a look at the coach's salary, its proportion to the schools total budget for all coach's salaries, the athletic department's expenditures, the football budget and the contract buyout.
Nick Saban is not a surprising No. 1 on the list. No. 2 is one that you wouldn't think of. And the man in his first year at Ohio State is No. 3. And shockingly Iowa's Kirk Ferentz makes an appearance. But it's not so shocking when you find out that his contract calls for him to be paid 75 percent of his remaining salary plus talent fees if he is terminated.....which Forbes says is more than $21 million.
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