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When the 2021 college football season kicked off, then head coach Ed Orgeron was one of the highest-paid coaches. He ranked just second behind Nick Saban. As we head into the 2022 campaign, now LSU head coach Brian Kelly will be among the highest-paid.

Only two head coaches will receive more than Kelly in the 2022 season according to this report from 247Sports.

  • Lincoln Riley, USC: $10 million (estimated)

  • Nick Saban, Alabama: $9.9 million (estimated)

Coming in at No. 3 is LSU’s Brian Kelly, who is tied with Michigan State’s Mel Tucker at $9.5 million.

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What 247Sports Says…

LSU’s new coach had to walk back his “fairy godmother” remarks after taking the job with the Tigers. Brian Kelly was asked earlier this season at Notre Dame if he could ever see himself leaving the Fighting Irish for another job. Kelly definitively said no, unless a “fairy godmother” dropped a “$250 million” contract in his lap, which would make him reconsider. It happened. LSU lured Kelly away from South Bend, Indiana, with an expansive deal earlier this month. The Tigers will shell out $95 million over a 10-year deal that is sure to expand if Kelly proves his worth early.

The Rest of the List:

  • Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M: $9 million

  • David Shaw, Stanford: $9 million

  • Dabo Swinney, Clemson: $8.5 million

  • James Franklin, Penn State: $8.5 million

  • Mario Cristobal, Miami: $8 million

  • Ryan Day, Ohio State: $7.6 million

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