It's hard to say whether it's Pete Carroll or Urban Meyer who's been the best coach in the country over the past five years, but I think most of us can agree that it's been one or the other. So when Meyer signed a six-year extension today paying him $4 million a year, the third-highest "financial package" of any coach in the country, it was certainly deserving.
Carroll, of course, is No. 1 on that list. But after that is where it gets amusing:
1. Pete Carroll, USC -- $4.4M
2. Charlie Weis, Notre Dame -- $4.2M
3. Urban Meyer, Florida -- $4M
4. Nick Saban, Alabama -- $3.9M
5. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma -- $3.8M
6. Les Miles, LSU -- $3.8M
7. Jim Tressel, Ohio State -- $3.5M
8. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa -- $3M
9. Mack Brown,Texas -- $2.9M
10. Bobby Petrino, Arkansas -- $2.9M
11. Mark Richt, Georgia -- $2.9M
It was pretty clear about midway through last season that Notre Dame was wishing it had been a little more patient rather than signing Weis to a 10-year extension in 2005, but comparing his compensation with some of the other top coaches in the country just demonstrates the absurdity of that contract.
Unless he negotiated a body-weight bonus, Weis has no business being in the same financial ballpark as the other 10 guys on that list.