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.