Purdue and California managed to avoid joining Georgia State and Miami (Ohio) in going winless this football season, but that's probably small comfort given what they each paid their head coach for producing a single victory.

Not including money related to buyouts they helped their coaches absorb, Purdue paid a little more than $2 million to Darrell Hazell and Cal $1.8 million to Sonny Dykes, putting them atop a group of five NCAA Bowl Subdivision schools that had seven-figure costs per victory based on head coaching compensation alone.

Virginia gave Mike London nearly $1.09 million for each of two wins, Arkansas $1.07 million to Bret Bielema for each of three and Kentucky just over $1 million to Mark Stoops for each of two. All but London were in their first season with the schools.

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At the other end of the scale, three Mid-American Conference schools had double-digit victory totals while paying $40,000 or less in guaranteed money per win. Northern Illinois went 12-1 with Rod Carey ($31,250 per win), Ball State 10-2 with Pete Lembo ($39,600) and Bowling Green 10-3, including the MAC championship, with Dave Clawson ($40,000) who has departed for Wake Forest.

The figures are based on USA TODAY Sports' annual analysis of football coaches' compensation, not including buyout-based pay, one-time payments or performance bonuses. Cost-per-win figures were not calculated for coaches whose 2013 pay could not be obtained.

The best bargain among schools whose conference champions automatically qualify for the Bowl Championship Series was Houston's Tony Levine, with eight wins at $112,500 apiece.

Among coaches whose teams are going to a BCS game, Central Florida's George O'Leary was the most cost-efficient at an average of just under $140,000 for the Knights' 11 wins. That was the second-lowest cost per win among BCS schools.

Auburn's Gus Malzahn and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, whose teams will meet for the BCS national title, also were among the 10 least-costly BCS-conference coaches on a per-win basis.

Georgia State, in its first season as an FBS school, paid first-year coach Trent Miles $450,000 for zero wins. Miami (Ohio) was paying Don Treadwell $400,000 before firing him Oct. 6, a move that could cost the school hundreds of thousands more in buyout compensation, depending on Treadwell's future earnings.


SchoolCoachConferenceSchool payWinsCost Per Win
Georgia StateTrent MilesSun Belt$450,0000N/A
Miami (Ohio)Don TreadwellMAC$400,0000N/A
PurdueDarrell HazellBig Ten$2,040,0001$2,040,000
CaliforniaSonny DykesPac-12$1,800,0001$1,800,000
VirginiaMike LondonACC$2,173,2002$1,086,600
ArkansasBret BielemaSEC$3,200,0003$1,066,667
KentuckyMark StoopsSEC$2,001,2502$1,000,625
KansasCharlie WeisBig 12$2,500,0003$833,333
Southern MississippiTodd MonkenC-USA$700,0001$700,000
FloridaWill MuschampSEC$2,724,5004$681,125
TexasMack BrownBig 12$5,392,5008$674,063
West VirginiaDana HolgorsenBig 12$2,630,0004$657,500
North Carolina StateDave DoerenACC$1,800,0003$600,000
TennesseeButch JonesSEC$2,960,0005$592,000
South FloridaWillie TaggartAAC$1,150,0002$575,000
ConnecticutPaul PasqualoniAAC$1,700,0003$566,667
Iowa StatePaul RhoadsBig 12$1,700,0003$566,667
HawaiiNorm ChowMtn. West$550,0001$550,000
ColoradoMike MacIntyrePac-12$2,003,5004$500,875
Florida InternationalRon TurnerC-USA$500,0001$500,000
IowaKirk FerentzBig Ten$3,985,0008$498,125
AlabamaNick SabanSEC$5,395,85211$490,532
LSULes MilesSEC$4,300,0009$477,778
OklahomaBob StoopsBig 12$4,741,66710$474,167
Penn StateBill O'BrienBig Ten$3,282,7797$468,968
Mississippi StateDan MullenSEC$2,700,0006$450,000
Air ForceTroy CalhounMtn. West$882,0002$441,000
IllinoisTim BeckmanBig Ten$1,700,0004$425,000
UtahKyle WhittinghamPac-12$2,102,1005$420,420
MassachusettsCharley MolnarMAC$417,7301$417,730
IdahoPaul PetrinoInd.$400,0111$400,011
GeorgiaMark RichtSEC$3,200,0008$400,000
Kansas StateBill SnyderBig 12$2,800,0007$400,000
Western MichiganP.J. FleckMAC$392,5001$392,500
Texas A&MKevin SumlinSEC$3,100,0008$387,500
MichiganBrady HokeBig Ten$2,654,0007$379,143
Washington StateMike LeachPac-12$2,250,0006$375,000
NebraskaBo PeliniBig Ten$2,975,0008$371,875
Georgia TechPaul JohnsonACC$2,513,0007$359,000
Ohio StateUrban MeyerBig Ten$4,158,00012$346,500
Oklahoma StateMike GundyBig 12$3,450,00010$345,000
LouisvilleCharlie StrongAAC$3,700,00011$336,364
South CarolinaSteve SpurrierSEC$3,300,00010$330,000
WashingtonSteve SarkisianPac-12$2,575,0008$321,875
MemphisJustin FuenteAAC$956,7793$318,926
Virginia TechFrank BeamerACC$2,491,6168$311,452
MarylandRandy EdsallACC$2,021,4407$288,777
North CarolinaLarry FedoraACC$1,730,0006$288,333
MississippiHugh FreezeSEC$2,000,0007$285,714
Alabama-BirminghamGarrick McGeeC-USA$550,0002$275,000
Boise StateChris PetersenMtn. West$2,148,0008$268,500
Texas TechKliff KingsburyBig 12$1,855,0007$265,000
ArizonaRich RodriguezPac-12$1,850,0007$264,286
IndianaKevin WilsonBig Ten$1,291,2205$258,244
UCLAJim MoraPac-12$2,300,0009$255,556
MissouriGary PinkelSEC$2,800,00011$254,545
New MexicoBob DavieMtn. West$763,6003$254,533
ClemsonDabo SwinneyACC$2,540,02410$254,002
Texas-El PasoSean KuglerC-USA$500,0002$250,000
CincinnatiTommy TubervilleAAC$2,200,0009$244,444
WyomingDave ChristensenMtn. West$1,200,0005$240,000
Oregon StateMike RileyPac-12$1,417,8436$236,307
Arizona StateTodd GrahamPac-12$2,300,00010$230,000
Florida StateJimbo FisherACC$2,750,00013$211,538
WisconsinGary AndersenBig Ten$1,800,0009$200,000
Colorado StateJim McElwainMtn. West$1,350,0007$192,857
AuburnGus MalzahnSEC$2,300,00012$191,667
NavyKen NiumataloloInd.$1,514,2408$189,280
New Mexico StateDoug MartinInd.$375,0002$187,500
Eastern MichiganRon EnglishMAC$374,9372$187,469
OregonMark HelfrichPac-12$1,800,00010$180,000
Michigan StateMark DantonioBig Ten$1,959,74412$163,312
MinnesotaJerry KillBig Ten$1,200,0008$150,000
RutgersKyle FloodAAC$850,0006$141,667
Central FloridaGeorge O'LearyAAC$1,534,72811$139,521
ArmyRich EllersonInd.$401,5003$133,833
NevadaBrian PolianMtn. West$525,0004$131,250
East CarolinaRuffin McNeillC-USA$1,150,0009$127,778
Louisiana TechSkip HoltzC-USA$500,0004$125,000
San Diego StateRocky LongMtn. West$800,0007$114,286
HoustonTony LevineAAC$900,0008$112,500
Western KentuckyBobby PetrinoSun Belt$855,6008$106,950
Arkansas StateBryan HarsinSun Belt$724,5977$103,514
Louisiana-LafayetteMark HudspethSun Belt$800,0008$100,000
Kent StatePaul HaynesMAC$382,5004$95,625
Middle TennesseeRick StockstillC-USA$701,5048$87,688
San Jose StateRon CaragherMtn. West$525,0006$87,500
Florida AtlanticCarl PeliniC-USA$496,1246$82,687
AkronTerry BowdenMAC$400,0005$80,000
TroyLarry BlakeneySun Belt$480,0006$80,000
OhioFrank SolichMAC$502,4007$71,771
Nevada Las VegasBobby HauckMtn. West$500,0007$71,429
North TexasDan McCarneyC-USA$545,0008$68,125
MarshallDoc HollidayC-USA$607,0709$67,452
ToledoMatt CampbellMAC$455,0007$65,000
Utah StateMatt WellsMtn. West$500,0008$62,500
Texas StateDennis FranchioneSun Belt$366,0756$61,013
Central MichiganDan EnosMAC$360,0006$60,000
South AlabamaJoey JonesSun Belt$358,4506$59,742
Fresno StateTim DeRuyterMtn. West$650,00011$59,091
Old DominionBobby WilderInd.$450,0008$56,250
Texas-San AntonioLarry CokerC-USA$350,0007$50,000
Louisiana-MonroeTodd BerrySun Belt$288,2686$48,045
BuffaloJeff QuinnMAC$325,0008$40,625
Bowling GreenDave ClawsonMAC$400,00010$40,000
Ball StatePete LemboMAC$396,00010$39,600
Northern IllinoisRod CareyMAC$375,00012$31,250

This table does not include private schools, as well as Temple and Pittsburgh, because compensation data were unavailable or the most recently available compensation data are from calendar 2011.

Pay does not include amounts related to buyouts paid to a coach's previous employer, one-time payments, bonuses earned this season or compensation from sources outside the university.

Win totals are for the school; head coach whose compensation is listed may not have directed team in all games.

Fresno State played 11 regular-season games, one fewer than the standard 12.

Colorado State played 13 regular-season games because it played at Hawaii.

Source: USA TODAY Sports research