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ACC football coach salaries and contract details

What are the salaries and contract expiration details for the various current head coaches around the ACC? Take an inside look at the numbers surrounding the league’s coaches, and what it will take for various schools to buy out their current deals.

All salary figures are provided via a report from USA Today with detailed head coaching numbers across college football.

 

ACC FOOTBALL CURRENT HEAD COACH SALARIES (2017)

Dabo Swinney (Clemson): $8,526,800
Bobby Petrino (Louisville): $3,930,434
Bronco Mendenhall (Virginia): $3,400,000
Justin Fuente (Virginia Tech): $3,250,000
Paul Johnson (Georgia Tech): $2,970,891
David Cutcliffe (Duke): $2,613,638
Steve Addazio (Boston College): $2,448,949
Larry Fedora (North Carolina): $2,290,000
Dave Doeren (NC State): $2,212,600
Pat Narduzzi (Pittsburgh): $1,827,735
Dave Clawson (Wake Forest): $1,827,370

 

NOTES:

  • Specific details of the contracts of Mark Richt (Miami) and Dino Babers (Syracuse) are not public. It was reported at the time of Richt’s hire by Miami that he would make approximately $4 million annually, which would have placed him third in total pay among ACC coaches in 2017.
  • Former Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher received $5,700,000 in total pay in 2017, ranking second in the ACC behind only Dabo Swinney. Fisher’s buyout is the sum of all monies remaining on the contracts of his assistant coaches not retained by FSU. With multiple coaches on multi-year contracts, this buyout could reach up to $10 million or more for Fisher to buy out of the FSU contract extension he signed last December.
  • Dave Doeren’s new contract extension with NC State elevates his pay above $3 million annually, and places him among the top half of ACC coaches in terms of total pay.

LIST OF ACC HEAD COACHES, TOTAL PAY AND CONTRACT EXPIRATIONS

 

Dabo Swinney (Clemson)

Total Pay: $8,526,800

School pay includes a $1 million signing bonus, and $1 million to be used for payments into a life insurance policy. He received $1.525 million in bonuses from the 2016-17 season after leading the Tigers to the national championship.

Contract Expiration Season: 2024

 

Bobby Petrino (Louisville)

Total Pay: $3,930,434

School pay includes a $989,584 bonus paid from the prior year.

Contract Expiration Season: 2022

 

Bronco Mendenhall (Virginia)

Total Pay: $3,400,000

Contract Expiration Season: 2022 (Mendenhall’s original five-year contract, signed in 2015, extends by one year every Dec. 4).

 

Justin Fuente (Virginia Tech)

Total Pay: $3,250,000

School pay includes a $125,000 bonus paid from the prior year.

Contract Expiration Season: 2023

 

Dave Doeren (NC State)

Total Pay: $3,000,000 (per new deal following 2017 season)

Doeren will have an escalating annual base salary that pays $1.5 million in 2018 and 2019, $2.25 million in 2020, and $3 million in 2021 and 2022.

Contract Expiration Season: 2022

 

Paul Johnson (Georgia Tech)

Total Pay: $2,970,891

School pay includes a $425,000 bonus paid from the prior year.

Contract Expiration Season: 2020

 

David Cutcliffe (Duke)

Total Pay: $2,613,638

Contract Expiration Season: 2020

 

Steve Addazio (Boston College)

Total Pay: $2,448,949

Contract Expiration Season: 2020

 

Larry Fedora (North Carolina)

Total Pay: $2,290,000

School pay includes a $50,000 bonus paid from the prior year.

Contract Expiration Season: 2022

 

Pat Narduzzi (Pittsburgh)

Total Pay: $1,827,735

Contract Expiration Season: 2021

 

Dave Clawson (Wake Forest)

Total Pay: $1,827,370

Contract Expiration Season: 2024

 

CURRENT ACC HEAD COACH BUYOUTS (to be paid to the head coach by the school if terminated without cause):

 

Clemson: $40,000,000
Virginia: $17,425,000
Virginia Tech: $15,000,000
North Carolina: $14,705,000
Louisville: $13,943,750
Georgia Tech: $3,427,574

NOTES:

  • Figures for head coach buyouts are unknown for private schools, who are not required to release such details through open records laws. Boston College, Duke, Miami, Syracuse, and Wake Forest fall into this category. In addition, the University of Pittsburgh’s buyout information for Pat Narduzzi has not been made public.
  • NC State’s buyout for Dave Doeren’s termination, prior to his new agreement, was $1,776,250. Doeren’s new contract calls for either Doeren or NCSU to pay up to 100 percent of the then-current base salary for the remainder of the contract term if NCSU terminates Doerent without cause, or if Doeren leaves for another job. This is called a ‘termination of convenience’ clause.
  • Jimbo Fisher’s termination buyout prior to his departure was $39,312,500 – a figure so astronomical as to virtually assure Fisher’s job security at Florida State no matter how the 2017 season turned out. Now that Fisher is heading to Texas A&M, that buyout figure will likely go down substantially with FSU’s new head coach.