The Richest Living College Football Coaches, Ranked by Net Worth

Tim Kelly
May 12, 2020 - 12:48 pm

Given the success that he had as the head football coach at both Temple and Baylor, Matt Rhule could have stayed in the college ranks and attempted to be one of this era's most dominant NCAAF coaches.

Instead, the 45-year-old agreed to a deal to become the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers, hoping that the success he has at the collegiate level is able to translate to Sundays. Of course, the massive seven-year/$62 million deal that the Panthers handed him gave him a ton of security at the next level. It also assured that if Rhule isn't successful as an NFL head coach and eventually is left to return to coaching in college, he'll be much wealthier for having tried his hand at the sport's highest level.

Of the 12 wealthiest current or former college football coaches, six have been or currently are head coaches at the NFL level. Even if they weren't especially successful at the NFL level or wore out their welcome, it still raised their national profile and made them more intriguing candidates to hire (and pay) when they were ready to return to the college level.

Courtesy of Celebrity Net Worth, here's a look at the 12 richest living college football coaches, a list that features a heavy NFL influence:

Mark Dantonio was Michigan State's head coach. Photo credit (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Chip Kelly is currently UCLA's head coach. Photo credit (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Kirk Ferentz is Iowa's head coach. Photo credit (Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
Jim Tressel was Ohio State's head coach. Photo credit (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Bob Stoops recently coached in the XFL. Photo credit (Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
Lou Holtz was Notre Dame's head coach. Photo credit (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Dabo Swinney is Clemson's head coach. Photo credit (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Jim Harbaugh is currently Michigan's head coach. Photo credit (Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Pete Carroll had a tremendous run as USC's head coach. Photo credit (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Urban Meyer is currently working at FOX. Photo credit (Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Jimmy Johnson coached at Miami. Photo credit (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Nick Saban is one of the greatest coaches in college football history. Photo credit (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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