Is Kliff Kingsbury overpaid? ESPN analysts take a look at the most overpaid college coaches (Raider Buzz)

On Monday, ESPN ranked the best bang-for-the-buck coaching values in college football. Then they loooked at the opposite end of the spectrum and discuss coaches who are overpaid, based on salaries and results.

Some coaches like Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech are new, but the money they’re making should increase expectations. The estimated salary figures come from a combination of documents obtained by and the USA Today coaches’ salary database.

Here was their top 7

1. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

2. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

3. Charlie Strong, Texas

4. Bret Bielema, Arkansas

T5. Dan Mullen, Mississippi State and Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss

7. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech (yep, there he is!)

(This is what they said) Estimated 2015 salary:
 $3.1 million

The Golden Boy returned to his alma mater, started the 2013 season 7-0 -- and then hit a wall. The Red Raiders are 5-13 since then. Their 4-8 mark in 2014 was the school’s worst since 1990. A dizzying number of defensive coordinators have played a role in a lack of stability; Kingsbury is hopeful that David Gibbs is a settling force for that side of the ball.

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Pay and Profit

A national newspaper recently published an article titled "Five myths about college sports." The main points were that most college athletic programs lose money, and one of the main reasons is the exorbitant salaries paid to athletic department employees, primarily coaches. All that money generated from athletic programs does not go to subsidize all athletic programs or other college departments; it does not result in more alumni donations (actually TTU Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt was quoted spreading one of these myths), and does not come close to insuring winning programs. So yes, Kingsbury and most other coaches and athletic department heads are grossly overpaid, and most colleges lie about the financial status of their programs and cook the books about what expenses are actually incurred by athletic departments and are buried in other department expenses.

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