According to data acquired by USA TODAY Sports, Texas coach Tom Herman has the eighth-richest salary in college football this season. He is slated to make nearly $5.5 million in 2017.
If Herman were to be fired before Dec. 1, the school would owe him a $20.4 million buyout. That is the ninth-highest buyout in college football, just behind Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.
The maximum bonus Herman could earn this season is $725,000.
Texas has the largest coach salary in the Big 12. Next-highest is TCU, which will pay Gary Patterson more than $5.1 million this year. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy will make a minimum of $4.2 million.
Elsewhere in Texas, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin is locked into $5 million from the school in 2017, with a buyout north of $10.4 million if the Aggies were to let him go before Dec. 1.
Alabama coach Nick Saban is the highest-paid coach in college football, with a salary of $11.1 million and a maximum bonus of $700,000. His buyout is $26.9 million.
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