Rich Rodriguez is best bargain in college football, analyst says

The Detroit News
Rich Rodriguez

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez, the former head man at Michigan, is the best salary bargain among college football coaches, ESPN's Travis Haney says.

Using projected 2015 salaries from ESPN and USA Today data, Haney ranks Rodriguez No. 1 on his list of the 10 best bargains. Rodriguez is 26-14 at Arizona, including 10-4 in 2014, and his estimated 2015 salary is $3 million.

Haney: "Rodriguez's failed run at Michigan worked out fantastically for Arizona and AD Greg Byrne. Not only did it make Rodriguez available but it dropped the price tag for a proven coach who is again proving himself. The Wildcats, even with a freshman quarterback and a number of young skill players, broke through to win the Pac-12 South and reach the Fiesta Bowl in 2014. Michigan is looking more and more like an aberration for Rodriguez. Maybe it was more program than coach in Ann Arbor, huh?"

Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson ($2.8 million) is No. 2, followed by Kansas State's Bill Snyder ($2.85 million), Duke's David Cutcliffe ($1.8 million) and Boston College's Steve Addazio ($2 million).

Alabama's Nick Saban ($7 million) and first-year Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst ($2.5 million) are among Haney's five honorable mentions.