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Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Chryst ranks ninth in Big Ten football coach pay

The two-time reigning Big Ten Coach of the Year is the ninth-highest paid coach in the conference.

Wisconsin football head coach Paul Chryst will make $3.75 million in 2018, his fourth year with the program. Chryst’s salary places him ninth out of the conference’s 14 head coaches, and 29th in the FBS. The salary is an increase of just over $500,000 over Chryst’s 2017 pay.

Wisconsin’s head coach is the lowest-paid of the three Big Ten coaches who are currently coaching at their alma maters — Chryst, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and first-year Nebraska coach Scott Frost.

Chryst’s conference record and postseason stands out among the other Big Ten coaches making similar amounts. Since he took over at the beginning of the 2015 season, the Badgers are 23-4 within the conference and have won a pair of New Year’s Six bowls.

The four western division coaches who make more than Chryst — Frost, Illinois’ Lovie Smith, Purdue’s Jeff Brohm, and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz — have a combined conference record of just 93-95 and three New Year’s Six wins in 22 combined seasons.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer once again lead all Big Ten coaches in compensation at $7.6 million, followed closely by Harbaugh at just over $7.5 million. Meyer and Harbaugh’s salaries ranked second and third nationally, according to USA Today’s rankings.

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