Nebraska is the leader in college athletics...when it comes to money spent on firing coaches
Nebraska is back on top of the college athletics world, but not in the way it had hoped.
According to a recent study from AthleticDirectorU.com, Nebraska has had a difficult time finding the right coach for its football and basketball programs over the last 15 years — and perhaps offering a little too much money to those coaches. In fact, no Power Five school has spent more money firing head football and basketball coaches in that timeframe than Nebraska.
The study reveals that Nebraska has spent $27,914,154 in firing coaches over the last 15 years. Three football coaches — Bill Callahan, Bo Pelini and Mike Riley — and two basketball coaches — Doc Sadler and Tim Miles — have all seen their contracts terminated in that time.
Nebraska is one of nine college athletic programs to dish out over $20 million to terminated football and basketball coaches.
Pelini and Miles were the longest-tenured coaches at Nebraska, both on their respective sidelines for seven seasons. Sadler was the head basketball coach for six seasons, Callahan coached the football team for four years and Riley led the Huskers on the gridiron for three seasons.