Cal Football: Coaches' Salary Report -- Justin Wilcox 7th in Pac-12

Cal coach Justin WilcoxPhoto by James Snook - USA TODAY Sports

Jake Curtis

A quick list of the notable things we learned from USA TODAY's recently released database on college football coaches' 2020 salaries:

---Cal's Justin Wilcox is the seventh-highest paid coach in the Pac-12 this season with a total pay of $3,276,248.

---Wilcox accepted a voluntary pay cut of $228,756 this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

---Of the 10 coaches at public universities in the Pac-12, only UCLA's Chip Kelly and Arizona State's Herman Edwards did not take voluntary pay cuts.

---The lowest paid of the FBS coaches USA Today obtained records for is Coastal Carolina's Jamey Chadwell, at $375,000. He took a pay cut of $56,034.

---Alabama's Nick Saban, the highest-paid coach at $9.3 million, took no pay cut. Neither did LSU's Ed Oregon, whose total pay is nearly $9 million.

---The biggest pay cut was taken by Clemson's Dabo Swinney, who reduced his take by $1,250,000, which is more than 41 FBS coaches will make this season. 

---Only one Pac-12 coach will get paid less this season than Oregon's Mario Cristobal, whose team won the Pac-12 title last year and is favored to win it again this season. Only Oregon State's Jonathan Smith is scheduled to make less this season than Crisobal's $2.5 million. Washington's Jimmy Lake, who has never been a head coach any level, will make more than Cristobal. (Of course, a lot of us would like to be underpaid like Cristobal.)

---No Pac-12 coach' is among the top 17 highest-paid coaches in the nation this year, and the conference's highest-paid coach last year (Chris Petersen of Washington) is no longer coaching. 

---Four coaches will earn more than $8 million -- Alabama's Nick Saban, LSU's Ed Oregeron, Clemson's Dabo Swinney, Michigan's Jim Harbaugh -- while the highest-paid Pac-12 coach is Stanford's David Shaw, at a little more than $4.6 million. The descrepancy is even greater if you consider that the cost of living in the Bay Area and several Pac-12 venues is considerably higher than it is in places such as Tuscaloosa, Alabama, or Clemson, South Carolina, or Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

---Part I: Eight Southeastern Conference coaches will earn more this season than any Pac-12 coach.

---Part II: SEC teams have won 10 national championships the past 14 years; the Pac-12 has won none in that span.

---Mel Tucker more than doubled his salary when he left Colorado, which paid him about $2.4 million last season, to coach Michigan State, where he will earn a little more than $5 million this season.

---Mike Leach's salary rose from $3.75 million last year at Washington State to $5 million this year at Mississippi State.

---Even with the voluntary salary reductions, the average total pay for all FBS head coaches was $2.7 million, an increase of 1.1% over last year. If there had been no salary reductions, the average total pay would have been $2.79 million, an increase of 4.5%.

Here is a ranking of Pac-12 coaches' total payout for 2020 (with their national ranking in parentheses), according to the USA TODAY database:

--1. (18) David Shaw, Stanford -- $4,812,917

--2. (20) Kyle Whittingham, Utah -- $4,634,178

--3. (21) Clay Helton, USC -- $4,569, 507

--4. (23) Chip Kelly, UCLA -- $4,300,000

--5. (36) Herman Edwards, Arizona State -- $3,640,00

--6. (43) Kevin Sumlin, Arizona -- $3,283,333

--7. (44) Justin Wilcox, Cal -- $3,276,248

--8. (50) Karl Dorrell, Colorado -- $3,040,000

--9. (52) Jimmy Lake, Washington -- $2,912,500

--10. (55) Nick Rolovich, Washington State -- $2,870,000

--11. (57) Mario Cristobal, Oregon -- $2,542,500

--12. (63) Jonathan Smith, Oregon State -- $2,288,000

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