On Tuesday, Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports wrote his Forde-Yard Dash article with five thoughts before the College Football Playoff rankings release.
The article mentioned a few important things, such as the fact that Michigan and Ohio State could potentially be in the playoff together, but perhaps the most interesting part came after.
Forde then gave a list of coaches who are bargains and coaches who are ripoffs, with Big Ten coaches on both sides of the fence.
He put salaries and rankings together and did some math to figure out who actually is a bargain and who is a ripoff.
According to the results, Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst, Minnesota’s Tracy Claeys and Nebraska’s Mike Riley were all Power Five bargains.
Forde says Chryst took a hometown discount at $2,706,000 when he came to Madison and his team’s play against a tough schedule has made his hiring a good decision.
Claeys, on the other hand, was promoted from within, which is why his salary of $1,400,000 isn’t as high as some other coaches, but he has the Golden Gophers at 6-2, which is clearly a good mark for that salary.
Forde then says Mike Riley, at $2,800,000, looked overpaid last year at 6-7 and underpaid this year at 7-1.
The writer also went into Power Five ripoffs, with three Big Ten coaches in that area as well.
The first was Rutgers’ Chris Ash. The coach makes $2,000,000 and Forde says it’s his first year, so he’s going to have a tough time, but that he’s made it worse in some ways.
Next was Purdue’s now-fired Darrell Hazel. He made $2,190,000 and his teams did not perform well, which is why Forde said he was fired in October.
Lastly and somewhat surprisingly in this group is Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio. The coach makes $4,300,000 and has largely earned his money, but because of this year’s 2-6 mark, he finds himself in the ripoff category.
Forde also had two conference coaches in his “getting what you paid for” category.
Not surprisingly, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh at $9,000,004 and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer at $6,094,800 are in that group.