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College coaches getting big bucks

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Denton Record-Chronicle Editorial

Wow! What else is there to say about Jimbo Fisher's new $75 million, 10-year contract to coach football at Texas A&M University? We wonder how many Aggies it took to scrape up that much dough?

You might think Fisher is now the highest-paid college football coach at $7.5 million a year, but you would be wrong. That distinction goes to the University of Alabama's Nick Saban, who earns $11 million a year.

Fisher now fits between Clemson University's Dabo Sweeney at $8.5 million a year and the University of Michigan's Jim Harbaugh at $7 million.

A chart prepared by USA Today tells us that 78 Division I college football coaches earn $1 million or more a year. No wonder so many high school coaches earning $70,000 or $80,000 a year yearn to be college coaches.

Seth Littrell, head coach at University of North Texas, comes in at No. 79 on the USA Today list at $991,416 a year. We predict his continued success will bring him the coveted $1 million salary sooner rather than later.

As we said earlier, "Wow!"