Pat Narduzzi is the third-highest-paid coach in the ACC, according to data reported by the USA Today on Wednesday, but just about average when compared to other Power Five head coaches.
Narduzzi’s salary over just over $4 million ranks him just below Clemson’s Dabo Swinney ($8.3 million) and Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente ($4.25 million), but is 29th in the nation. There are 65 Power Five teams.
Swinney and Duke’s David Cutcliffe are the most experienced coaches in the league, having joined their programs in 2008. Dave Doeren at NC State (2013) and Dave Clawson at Wake Forest (2014) also pre-date Narduzzi’s tenure amongst ACC head coaches.
The salaries of new league hires Jeff Hafley of Boston College and Manny Diaz at Miami were not reported by USA Today.
Regionally, Penn State is scheduled to pay head coach James Franklin $6.7 million and West Virginia will pay Neal Brown $2.95 million after he took a small pandemic-related pay cut. Pitt has not announced any pay cuts or budgets cuts amongst its athletics staff.
As Pitt is not subject to Freedom of Information Act requests by Pennsylvania state law, Narduzzi’s salary is taken from Pitt’s 2019 tax data, which reported what he was paid during the 2018 season, so the comparison to public school coaches, whose 2020 salaries were reported, is not an exact one.