Taggart in middle of the pack in annual salary

Coach Willie Taggart’s salary of $1.7 million ranks him 62nd in the nation. ORACLE FILE PHOTO/JACKIE BENITEZ

Even after agreeing to a new contract that included a three-year extension and a sizable salary bump of $550,000, USF coach Willie Taggart is only ranked as the 62nd highest-paid coach in college football, earning $1.7 million per year. 

According to a list of college football coaches’ salaries that was compiled by USA Today, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh tops the list with earnings just north of $9 million. 

Former LSU coach Les Miles, who was fired by the school after a 2-2 start to 2016, is 13th on the list and will make just shy of $4.4 million this year without coaching another down. 

Former USF coach Skip Holtz, now currently coaching Louisiana Tech, comes in at No. 104 with an annual salary of just over $500,000, but actually earns north of $1 million due to money owed by USF. 

USF, which fired Holtz after the 2012 season, has paid him $500,000 each season since and will continue to do so through the 2018 season as part of his buyout from the school. 

If the half a million dollars USF is paying Holtz to not coach at the school was given to Taggart instead, it would elevate him to No. 50 on the list, one spot ahead of Cincinnati’s Tommy Tuberville. 

Taggart is currently the fourth-highest paid coach in the AAC, with Houston’s second-year coach Tom Herman topping the list at $3 million. The lowest reported salary in the AAC belongs to East Carolina’s Scottie Montgomery, who earns $1 million a year. 

Before coming to USF, Taggart earned $225,000 in his first two seasons with Western Kentucky and $475,000 in his final season with the team.