Rocky Long has been coaching football for a long time.
Now in his seventh season at San Diego State, where he was won 10 games in three straight years, Long has been coaching since the ’70s even while he was playing professionally in Canada. According to the USA Today coaches salary database, the 67-year-old Long will make a total of $828,304 for the 2017 season. That makes him the 82nd-highest paid coach in the country, but it’s plenty for Long.
With this year’s coaching carousel swinging to a stop, Long is sure to drop a few pegs down the list as coaching salaries continue to get larger and larger. It’s a trend that Long is not particularly enthralled with.
“I’m embarrassed that coaches are making that kind of money. Obviously I’m making good money here, nothing like that, but I’m making good money here and I appreciate that because when I got into coaching there was no such thing as coaches making the kind of money we’re making now,” Long said on XTRA 1360 in San Diego.
And there’s one new coaching contract in particular that caught Long’s attention: Jimbo Fisher’s fully-guaranteed 10-year, $75 million deal to coach Texas A&M .
“Any time a football coach gets a 10-year contract for $75 million or whatever that was for, that embarrasses me,” Long said. “I’m sure that their program makes money and I’m sure that he does a great job but he doesn’t make one tackle, he doesn’t catch one pass, he doesn’t score one touchdown. We’re not only in this to have a salary. We’re in this to develop young men, so it’s embarrassing at times.”
The contract for Fisher, who called it a “no-brainer” to leave Florida State (where he won a national title) for the A&M job, puts him only behind Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney in terms of annual pay. A&M has said all of that money came from boosters with no state funds involved. And as Long mentioned, the A&M program is very profitable. The Texas Tribune detailed how much football makes in College Station:
In the 2015-16 school year, the last year for which NCAA records are publicly available, A&M’s football team generated around $100 million, compared with only $30 million in expenses. Much of that $70 million profit was used to support other sports teams. But thanks to donations, licensing and other revenue, A&M’s athletics department still generated more revenue than any other school in the country.
But none of that money can go to the players, of course. Oh, and on the subject of money and college players:
San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny named first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated. That gives coach Rocky Long a $10,000 bonus and each assistant coach and the strength coach a bonus equal to 1% of base salary
— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) December 8, 2017
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