1) The bowl season has barely started, so naturally the website nationalchamps.net has already put an early-bird 2013 Top 25 ranking.
Take this for what it’s worth, but preseason rankings are usually based on where teams finished up the previous season, and bowl results factor too much in how those final rankings.
Alabama, as you’d figure, is ranked No. 1. Virginia Tech is not ranked, which isn’t too surprising giving its 6-6 record right now. Those teams meet in the season opener Aug. 31 in the Georgia Dome in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff.
Kind of feels like 2004 with Southern Cal, doesn’t it?
2) The USA Today has put out its usual exhaustive look at coaching salaries, which you can access in this well-organized chart. (Although I’ll say it’s incredibly frustrating to navigate. Terrible re-design by the USA Today.) Here’s the main story, which basically says that assistant salaries continue to rise at a rapid rate.
A couple of things to note: First, these are gathered through public records requests, so some private schools (ie. Miami, USC, etc.) are not available. Second, this is for the 2012 season, so obviously many of the coaches on there are no longer with their school.
Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer had the 27th highest compensation of the coaches on the list at $2.428 million. The Hokies’ staff compensation of $4.839 million is 23rd nationally of the publicly available data.
Here’s a look at the compensation of the head coaches in the ACC last year. This is before potential bonuses that could be tacked on:
- Jimbo Fisher, Florida State — $2,750,000
- Mike London, Virginia — $2,556,460
- Larry Fedora, North Carolina — $2,448,605
- Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech –$2,445,700
- Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech — $2,428,000
- Jim Grobe, Wake Forest — $2,254,798
- Dabo Swinney, Clemson — $2,050,024
- Tom O’Brien, N.C. State — $1,936,225
- David Cutcliffe, Duke — $1,788,523
- Randy Edsall, Maryland –$1,604,000
- Frank Spaziani, Boston College — $1,094,976
- Al Golden, Miami — N/A