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Notre Dame Football: Brian Kelly’s Doesn’t Make As Much You’d Think

As the head coach of a traditional power like Notre Dame, you would think Brian Kelly would be one of the highest paid coaches.

NCAA Football: Duke at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday USA Today released the list of salaries of all Division I college football caoches. As you can imagine names like Jim Harbaugh, Nick Saban, and Urban Meyer were at the top of the list. Harbaugh tops the list making $9 million. Saban is second making a little under $7 million and Meyer comes in at third earning $6 million a year. All three are successful coaches at traditional powers, so it’s no surprise they’re up there. One coaches place on the list that might surprise you is Brian Kelly.

I will preface this by saying that the list doesn’t specify Kelly’s bonuses or endorsements, so he may very well be higher on the list, but for the sake of conversation we’ll adhere to the list as is.

Kelly is the 65th highest paid coach in the country. One would expect the head coach at Notre Dame to be at the very least in the top 25, but no not Kelly. Some names that are ahead of Kelly are Kevin Wilson of Indiana, Mark Stoops of Kentucky, and Derek Mason of Vanderbilt. Heck even Kelly’s former defensive coordinator and now head coach of UConn, Bob Diaco, is making more than Kelly.

Even if you factor in Kelly’s bonuses and endorsements it’s hard to think that would even put him the top 25 of highest paid coaches, but thats only something to speculate about.

I found this list to be pretty interesting and was a bit surprised to see Kelly’s name that low. Is he being paid the right amount? Too little? or Too much? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.