USA Today releases list of highest-paid ACC head coaches in 2023
USA Today published its annual list of the highest-paid head coaches in college football on Tuesday morning.
Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is the highest-paid coach in the ACC this season, clearing more than $10.8 million in total compensation. That’s not a surprise given his impressive résumé with the Tigers — 2 national championships and 8 ACC titles.
Florida State’s Mike Norvel is 2nd in the ACC and No. 15 nationally in total compensation. Norvell, who makes over $7 million per season, signed a new contract with FSU after leading the program to 10 wins in 2022.
Georgia Tech’s Brent Key ranks last in the league in total compensation. Key is the only ACC coach listed who makes under $3 million per season. Key is the ACC’s only first-year head coach with no prior head coaching experience.
Here is the total compensation for every ACC head coach in 2023 (excluding private schools Miami and Duke):
- Dabo Swinney, Clemson: $10,844,775
- Mike Norvell, Florida State: $7,300,000
- Pat Narduzzi, Pitt: $5,875,817
- Jeff Brohm, Louisville: $5,550,000
- Dave Doeren, NC State: $5,024,390
- Mack Brown, North Carolina: $5,000,000
- Dave Clawson, Wake Forest: $4,284,656
- Tony Elliott, Virginia: $4,250,000
- Dino Babers, Syracuse: $4,063,138
- Brent Pry, Virginia Tech: $4,000,000
- Jeff Hafley, Boston College: $3,120,102
- Brent Key, Georgia Tech: $2,800,000
Swinney also has the largest buyout amongst ACC head coaches, per USA Today’s report. His buyout would be $64 million on Dec. 1.
Overall, 6 of the 12 ACC coaches who appear on this list make at least $5 million per season. Miami’s Mario Cristobal likely makes north of $5 million as well — he reportedly signed a 10-year, $80 million contract with the school when he took over as head coach.