Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is the No. 1 choice of the Bulldogs according to multiple insiders at Georgia as well as slew of non-Georgia folks in the coaching world. Getting Smart to leave Alabama for the head coaching position at Georgia is seen as a slam dunk by many, but there could be two potential hold ups to the deal getting completely done after the SEC Championship Game on Saturday.
USC has hired offensive coordinator Clay Helton, which leaves the Georgia job as the top job in college football right now.
Tom Herman has agreed to stay at Houston "in principle" with a new contract.
Alabama Defensive Coordinator
Salary: $1.5 million
Contract Terms: Ends after 2018 season according to AL.com ; Last contract called for a “$72,000 buyout payable 14 days of departure” according to The Times-Picayune. Smart is viewed as one of the top candidates to replace Steve Spurrier at South Carolina.
MONDAY UPDATE: Viewd by nearly every insider as the No. 1 target for the job.
Houston Head Coach
Salary: $1.45 million
Contract Terms: Ends after 2019 season according to the Houston Business Journal. According to that outlet, Herman “would have to pay $2.25 million to take another job before February 18, 2018. The buyout amount is reduced significantly the following two years.”
According to Sports Illustrated, Houston’s Board of Trustees has approved raising Herman’s salary from $1.45 million to $3 million per year. Sources are saying that Houston is trying to convince Herman that the Cougars are a prime candidate to be included in the Big 12’s expansion, should the conference decided to do so. Herman’s camp recently knocked down talk of him being the next coach at South Carolina.
MONDAY UPDATE: Tom Herman has agreed to stay at Houston "in principle" with a new contract
Colorado State Head Coach
Salary: $1.35 million
Contract Terms: Ends at the end of the 2019 season. According to the Coloradoan, Bobo makes a base salary of $1.35 million, but has a slew of possible bonuses, including a $50,000 bonus he will get this winter for guiding the Rams to a bowl game. Bobo’s contract includes a provision that allows for restructuring the contract and bonuses if Colorado were to enter a Power 5 conference (rumors of Colorado State entering the Big 12 have been persistent because of the Denver TV market).According to the Coloradoan: “Should CSU become a member of a Power 5 conference, Bobo’s base salary and bonus structure will be renegotiated based on the new league’s market conditions.” That outlet also reports that Bobo’s buyout is “set for $5 million until 2016, cuts in half in 2017, falls to $1 million in 2018, and has no buyout if he’s hired away from CSU at any point during 2019, even if his departure is January 1.”
Mississippi State State Head Coach
Salary: $4 million
Contract Terms: Current contract, which was extended last year, goes through the end of the 2018 season according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
Stanford Head Coach
Salary: $2.2 million
Contract Terms: Stanford is not required to release contracts of coaches because it is a private institution. USA Today reports that Shaw’s 2015 salary is $2,224,435, and that the fifth-year head coach “has received a loan from the university that had a $700,000 balance due as of Aug. 31, 2014, according to the university's most recent federal tax returns.” Although Shaw signed a “long-term contract extension” after the 2012 season, it is unknown how long that extension is for, and what (if any) buyout is included in it.
Florida State Head Coach
Salary: $5.2 million
Contract Terms: The terms of Fisher’s most-recent contract run through the 2022 season, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. According to that outlet, Fisher’s buyout is “a $5 million buyout before Dec. 31, 2016, a $3 million buyout on that date in 2018, and only a $1 million buyout the day after on Jan. 1, 2019.”
TCU Head Coach
Salary: $3.9 million
Contract Terms: TCU is a private school and doesn’t have to release contract details, but the Star-Telegram reports that TCU AD Chris Del Conte “said the extension carries Patterson through the end of the decade and that ‘he is well taken care of.’” USA Today reports that Patterson made $3.9 million for the 2015 season.
New Orleans Saints Head Coach
Salary: $8 million
Contract Terms: Ends in 2017.