USA Today recently released its list of the highest-paid NCAA football coaches in the country and a pair of former Montana natives are on the list.
Jim McElwain, a former Missoula Sentinel quarterback, ranked No. 15 on the list at more than $4.5 million. According to the USA Today article, McElwain’s 2017 total pay was set to be $4,457,400 for coaching the Florida Gators. The university fired McElwain in October after the Gators opened the season 3-4.
According to a report from the Orlando Sentinel, Florida agreed to pay McElwain $7.5 million as part of the buyout in his contract, though it was originally written for $12.9 million. At the time, McElwain still owed Colorado State $1.5 million after he left his post as the Rams’ head coach before moving to Gainesville.
Bobby Petrino Jr. was No. 21 on the list with a 2017 total of just under $4 million. The head coach at Louisville made $3,930,434 in 2017, according to the report. Petrino’s Cardinals posted a record of 8-4 this season and will face No. 23 Mississippi State in the Taxslayer Bowl on Dec. 30. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
A former NAIA all-American football player at Carroll College, Petrino began his coaching resume with the Fighting Saints under his father, Bob Sr. He holds an overall record of 109-43.
Petrino’s younger brother Paul, a fellow NAIA all-American at Carroll College, dropped into the list at No. 111 with a 2017 total pay of $446,214. The head coach of the Idaho Vandals, Paul Petrino was named coach of the year in the Sun Belt Conference last season after guiding the program to its first bowl appearance since 2009. Idaho topped Colorado State 61-50 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the highest-scoring game of the postseason.
Wyoming’s Craig Bohl landed on the list with his $1,412,000 salary in 2017, good for No. 70. Bohl, who previously coached North Dakota State University into an FCS powerhouse, led the Cowboys to the 2016 San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. Bohl and Wyoming (7-5) meet Central Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Friday, Dec. 22.
USA Today also released a list of the highest paid assistant coaches, where new Montana Grizzly head coach Bobby Hauck was mentioned. Hauck, who will remain as an assistant coach at San Diego State for the upcoming Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl against Army, was listed as holding a 2017 salary of $215,800 with a maximum bonus of $105,958.
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