CFB coaching buyouts could exceed $100 million this offseason
The coaching carousel has been spinning at a pretty high rate of speed throughout this offseason. All the change has come at an incredible price, too.
Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated recently crunched some of the numbers with coaching buyouts this offseason. Currently, that total sits at just over $94 million, but there’s a chance it exceeds $100 million.
Over the past week, Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin has come under harsh scrutiny after a flurry of staff members and players left the program. It has the university, as well as some boosters, exploring options to terminate the head coach after just one season.
Per Dellenger, Harsin’s buyout is $18.3 million. If the school does part ways with its head coach, that would bring the buyout total in college football to more than $112 million.
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That’s an incredibly high price tag considering so many schools complained of deficits last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Below is the complete breakdown from Dellenger:
If Auburn fires Harsin, it'd be the largest buyout of the cycle.
Gary P $12M
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) February 4, 2022
There are no B1G head coaches on this list. With Jim Harbaugh returning to Michigan in 2022 after flirting with the NFL, it doesn’t appear the conference will see any head coaching changes this offseason — barring something unexpected.