The outstanding Jason deBruyn (go follow this man) published a report on Thursday at WUNC on compensation for Division I athletic directors. deBruyn used data collected by Spencer Fane — a law firm that markets to college athletic departments.
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Where the ACC stands out?
Here’s a look at how each athletic director from the ACC — including Jack Swarbrick at Notre Dame — stacks up. Obviously, some details involving athletic directors at private schools are missing. It would be fascinating to have all of that information; what’s labeled below only paints part of the picture.
|AD||School||Base Salary||Additional University Compensation||Total Compensation||Max Bonus|
|Martin Jarmond||Boston College||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Todd Stansbury||Georgia Tech||$500,000||$412,000||$912,000||$50,000|
|Debbie Yow||NC State||$397,865||$301,000||$698,865||$961,000|
|Jack Swarbrick||Notre Dame||$994,751||$2,056,169||$3,050,920||N/A|
|Whit Babcock||Virginia Tech||$700,088||$330,000||$1,030,088||$491,681|
|Ron Wellman||Wake Forest||$1,106,115||N/A||$1,106,115||N/A|
As deBruyn notes, Swarbrick’s total compensation of $3 million is double of any of his peers. In terms of total compensation, three ACC directors rank inside the top 10 nationally: Swarbrick, Kevin White and Ron Wellman. In part because of Swarbrick’s outlier salary, the ACC has the highest average total compensation for athletic directors: $1.14 million.
(And they say there isn’t any money for the athletes — give me a break.)