With the College Football Playoff championship trophy awarded and the final polls compiled, head coaches at FBS public schools have ended up with more than $11.4 million in bonuses from their teams’ on-field performances.
LSU’s Ed Orgeron, whose , totaled $1.775 million. That is not only the top total for this season by $600,000, it also is the greatest single-season total in the six years USA TODAY Sports has been tracking these incentives. And Orgeron has another $200,000 based on team academic performance that he could get.
Four other coaches finished with at least $600,000 in bonuses: Oregon’s Mario Cristobal ($1.175 million), Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz ($775,000), Utah’s Kyle Whittingham ($621,667) and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney ($600,000).
Meanwhile, millions more went to assistant coaches, strength