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Report: Steve Sarkisian is the Pac-12's highest-paid coach

By Chris Huston | College Football Writer

Sarkisian and Mike Leach (combined 10-15 in '12) are two of the Pac-12's highest-paid coaches (USATSI)
Sarkisian and Mike Leach (combined 10-15 in '12) are two of the Pac-12's highest-paid coaches. (USATSI)

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian is the Pac-12's highest-paid coach, according to a report on Tuesday from John Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News.

Here's Wilner's ranking of the league's coaches by pay:

  • Steve Sarkisian (Washington): $2.55 million
  • Lane Kiffin (USC): $2.4 million (source: USA Today, based on USC tax filings)
  • Jim Mora (UCLA): $2.4 million
  • Mike Leach (Washington State): $2.25 million
  • David Shaw (Stanford): $2.25 million (estimate, based on info from sources)
  • Rich Rodriguez (Arizona): $2.025 million
  • Todd Graham (Arizona State): $2 million
  • Mike MacIntyre (Colorado): $2 million
  • Kyle Whittingham (Utah): $2 million
  • Sonny Dykes (Cal): $1.94 million
  • Mark Helfrich (Oregon): $1.8 million
  • Mike Riley (Oregon State): $1.3 million

It's worth noting that the top four coaches on this list combined for a record of 26-26 and no appearances in the final polls, giving their universities a taste of what it's like to get overcharged.

Sarkisian himself is 26-25 in four seasons.

Meanwhile, the coach at the bottom of the list, Mike Riley, went 9-4 and led his team to a top-20 ranking.

Nice guys apparently do finish last, at least when it comes to dollars.

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