Frank Beamer has coached Virginia Tech to four ACC football championships, as many as his 11 conference colleagues combined. Which made his $2,428,000 base salary this season a relative bargain.
Beamer was the league’s fifth-highest paid head coach, according to USA Today’s annual survey, behind Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, Virginia’s Mike London, North Carolina’s Larry Fedora and Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson.
The newspaper obtained head-coaching salaries from every ACC school except Miami.
Among the eight public ACC schools that released assistant coaching salaries to USA Today, Virginia Tech ranked third behind Clemson and Florida State in staff pay. Virginia was sixth.
Given Florida State’s resources and his two conference title game appearances in three seasons, Fisher isn’t overpaid by market standards. Nor is Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson – three conference championship games and one title, since vacated.
At age 66 and with no desire to leave his alma mater, Beamer is beyond leveraging overtures from elsewhere for significant pay bumps. Fisher and Fedora are, and after last year’s surprising 8-5 finish, Virginia rewarded London, the 2011 ACC Coach of the Year, with a $400,000 raise.
Seniority (12 seasons on the job) and a stunning 2006 ACC title put Wake Forest’s Jim Grobe about where you’d expect, while Clemson’s Dabo Swinney probably merits a raise after last season’s ACC title and this year’s 10-2 regular season.
Beamer’s salary, by the way, ranked 27th among the 116 schools surveyed by USA Today. No ACC coach approached the record $5,316,667 base pay of Alabama’s Nick Saban.
Here’s the complete ACC list:
Tom O'Brien, N.C. State: $1,936,225
David Cutcliffe, Duke: $1,788,523
Randy Edsall, Maryland: $1,604,000
Frank Spaziani, Boston College: $1,094,976
Al Golden, Miami: Not available.
O’Brien and Spaziani, former co-workers as Virginia assistants, were recently fired, replaced by Northern Illinois’ Dave Doeren and Temple’s Steve Addazio, respectively.
Among ACC assistant coaches in 2012, Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris earned more than twice as much, $1,306,500, as any in the league except Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables ($800,000).
Assistants pay has increased 29 percent since USA Today began its annual survey in 2009, head coaches 21 percent.
Below is total base compensation for the nine assistant coaches at the ACC’s eight public schools, with the top salary at each.
Clemson: $4,181,750, a national high, just ahead of LSU’s $4,009,235.
Florida State: $3,042,050. Defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, recently named Kentucky’s head coach, made $591,150.
Virginia Tech: $2,411,046. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster $502,762, making him the conference's fifth-highest paid assistant.
Maryland: $2,280,424. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley $507,440.
N.C. State: $2,210,049. Defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta $403,348.
Virginia: $2,166,138. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor $458,350.
Georgia Tech: $1,920,800. Former defensive coordinator Al Groh $344,000.
North Carolina: $1,800,00. Offensive coordinator Blake Anderson, defensive coordinator Dan Disch, and associate head coach for defense Vic Koenning $250,000 each.
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