Where P.J. Fleck ranks in college football coaching salaries
USA Today released its annual study of college football head coaching salaries Wednesday, and Gophers coach P.J. Fleck ranks 34th among FBS teams and 11th in the Big Ten at $3.55 million for the 2018 season.
Alabamas Nick Saban leads all coaches with a total pay of $8.307 million for 2018, with Ohio States Urban Meyer ($7.6M) and Michigans Jim Harbaugh ($7.504M) second and third, respectively. Texas AMs Jimbo Fisher ($7.5M) and Auburns Gus Malzahn ($6.705M) round out the top five.
The Big Ten had five other coaches in the top 20: Nebraskas Scott Frost (10th at $5.0M), Illinois Lovie Smith (13th at $5.0M), Penn States James Franklin (15th at $4.8M), Iowas Kirk Ferentz (17th at $4.7M) and Michigan States Mark Dantonio (18th at $4.39M).
Other Big Ten coaches and their rankings were: Purdues Jeff Brohm (27th at $3.8M), Wisconsins Paul Chryst (29th at $3.75M), Northwesterns Pat Fitzgerald (31st at $3.62M), Marylands DJ Durkin (53rd at $2.512M; Durkin is on paid administrative leave), Rutgers Chris Ash (57th at $2.2M) and Indianas Tom Allen (65th at $1.83M).
In their 42-13 loss to Maryland in the Big Ten opener on Sept. 22, the Gophers allowed four sacks. Still, their offensive line ranks highly in the Big Ten, according to Pro Football Focus college evaluators.
Pro Football Focus grades the Gophers offensive line as the fourth best in the Big Ten through five weeks, behind Wisconsin, Ohio State and Iowa. In addition, Gophers senior center Jared Weyler is ranked fourth among offensive linemen, behind Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin guard Beau Benzschawel and Penn State tackle Ryan Bates. In pass protection, Weyler hasnt allowed a sack, a hit or a hurry this season, PFF wrote.