ESPN: Most highest-paid college coaches avoid salary cuts

ESPN: Most highest-paid college coaches avoid salary cuts
Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney, the nations two highest paid football coaches, have not seen their salaries reduced despite the financial crisis brought on by the pandemic. (Source: WBRC video)

UNDATED (AP) - An ESPN survey finds most of the highest-paid college football coaches have avoided the voluntary salary reductions that have swept Power Five programs.

ESPN surveyed the 65 Power Five conference schools along with 10 other prominent basketball programs. At 33 of the 75 schools, at least one of either the football and basketball coach had agreed to have his pay cut to deal with the financial crisis brought on by the pandemic.

But eight of the 10 football coaches with the largest salaries during the 2019-20 academic year have not had their salaries reduced, including Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Alabama’s Nick Saban, the two highest-paid coaches in the the sport.

Among basketball coaches half of the 10 highest paid have not taken cuts.

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