- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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Missouri's Gary Pinkel is the latest SEC football coach to join the $3 million club.
Pinkel, who led the Tigers to the SEC championship game last season, has agreed to an amended contract that will pay him $3.1 annually. His deal runs through the 2020 season.
One of the most important facets about Pinkel's new agreement and something he'd voiced concern about previously is that he's getting more money for his assistants. Their salary pool is growing from $2.66 million to $3.2 million. Pinkel previously made $2.8 million per year.
From a financial standpoint, the SEC' is clearly the place to be if you're a head football coach.
With Pinkel getting his bump, 11 of the 14 coaches in the SEC are making right at $3 million or more per year.
Here's the most up-to-date rundown:
Nick Saban, Alabama: $5.62 million*
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M: $5 million
Les Miles, LSU: $4.3 million
Steve Spurrier, South Carolina: $4 million
Gus Malzahn, Auburn: $3.85 million#
Bret Bielema, Arkansas: $3.2 million
Mark Richt, Georgia: $3.2 million
Gary Pinkel, Missouri: $3.1 million
Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss: $3 million
Butch Jones, Tennessee: $3 million
Will Muschamp, Florida: $3 million
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State: $2.65 million
Mark Stoops, Kentucky: $2.2 million
Derek Mason, Vanderbilt%
* Saban agreed to a new deal in December that will pay him a reported $7 million per year. The university has not released the financial terms.
# Malzahn will earn $3.85 million this first year of his new six-year deal, and his salary will increase by $250,000 each year of the deal afterward. He's scheduled to earn $5.1 million in the final year of the contract.
% Vanderbilt, as a private institution, does not release salary figures.
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