In the age of NIL, the salary of coaches — many of whom have brought up what their players are now capable of making — has become even more of a hot-button issue.
According to a report from the Sports Daily, the highest-paid state employee in the majority of U.S. states is a head football coach. That’s the case in 31 of 50 states — which includes Pennsylvania. But it’s not Pat Narduzzi.
Narduzzi isn’t the highest-paid coach in Pennsylvania, but he’s certainly well-compensated. According to USA Today, Narduzzi is the 28th-highest-paid coach in college football and the third-highest-paid coach in the ACC.
He checks in with a $5,875,817 salary in the 2023 season — but his maximum bonus, bonuses paid and school buyout were not included.
Only Clemson’s Dabo Swinney ($10,758,575) and Florida State’s Mike Norvell ($7,300,000) are paid more in the ACC.
It hasn’t been the best start to the season for Narduzzi’s squad, sitting at 1-4 with serious changes needing to be made over the course of the bye week, but he is still one of the most accomplished coaches in the ACC.
Narduzzi is 63-44 (41-27 ACC) as he enters the back half of his ninth season as the Pitt head coach. He’s had one losing season, although that appears as though it will be changing this season, and he’s coming off the best two-season stretch over the last 40 seasons — obviously, including the 2021 ACC championship.
Narduzzi is under contract at Pitt until 2030, but the luster of back-to-back seasons finishing inside the AP Top 25 is dimming quickly as the 2023 season continues to disappoint. He isn’t on any sort of hot seat, but he has his work cut out in showing that Pitt is still building off its best success in decades.
Clemson’s Dabo Swinney ($10,758,575)
Florida State’s Mike Norvell ($7,300,000)
Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi ($5,875,817)
Louisville’s Jeff Brohm ($5,550,000)
North Carolina State’s Dave Doeren ($5,024,390)
North Carolina’s Mack Brown ($5,000,000)
Wake Forest’s Dave Clawson ($4,284,656)
Virginia’s Tony Elliott ($4,250,000)
Syracuse’s Dino Babers ($4,063,138)
Virginia Tech’s Brent Pry ($4,000,000)
Boston College’s Jeff Hafley ($3,120,012)
Georgia Tech’s Brent Key ($2,800,000)
Duke’s Mike Elko and Miami’s Mario Cristobal were not included.