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Harbaugh nation's highest paid; Dantonio 5th in Big Ten

The Detroit News
Jim Harbaugh

Alabama coach Nick Saban may have more national titles, but he trails Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh for highest salary.

Harbaugh's total compensation of $9,004,000 trumps Saban's $6,939,395, according to USA Today's annual report on college coaching pay.

Harbaugh’s compensation includes two $2 million interest-free loans that he is due to receive this year. They are being provided by the university via life insurance premium payments.

Third in the nation is Ohio State's Urban Meyer, who earns $6,094,800.

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio is fifth in the Big Ten, earning $4,300,000 for a national ranking of 14th place.

Big Ten coaches salaries

1. Michigan: Jim Harbaugh, $9,004, 000; national rank: 1

2. Ohio State: Urban Meyer, $6,094,800; national rank 3

3. Iowa: Kirk Ferentz, $4,500,000; national rank: 10

4. Penn State: James Franklin, $4,500,000; national rank: 11

5. Michigan State: Mark Dantonio $4,300,000; national rank: 14

6. Northwestern: Pat Fitzgerald $3,350,638; national rank: 28

7. Nebraska: Mike Riley $2,800,000; national rank: 42

8. Wisconsin: Paul Chryst $2,706,200; national rank: 43

9. Maryland: DJ Durkin $2,412,000; national rank: 46

10. Indiana: Kevin Wilson $2,320,000; national rank: 50

11. *Purdue: Darrell Hazell $2,190,000; national rank: 53

12. Rutgers: Chris Ash $2,000,000; national rank: 57

13. Illinois: Lovie Smith $1,809,179; national rank 60

14. Minnesota: Tracy Claeys $1,400,000; national rank 68

*Hazell was fired Oct. 16 and replaced by Gerad Parker