Before the Arizona Wildcats agreed to an annual salary package for new football coach Rich Rodriguez - which will likely be announced today, pending Arizona Board of Regents approval - both parties knew the job would pay less than his last gig.

When Rodriguez was lured from West Virginia to Michigan in 2007, the Mountaineers demanded a $4 million buyout.

After legal wrangling, Michigan agreed to pay $2.5 million, leaving the coach to pay the rest.

He could afford it.

Rodriguez made at least $2.5 million per year in Ann Arbor after signing a six-year, $15 million deal.

His buyout, when fired in January after compiling a 15-22 record in three years, was $2.5 million.

At Arizona, the 48-year-old's salary will likely fall near the middle of the Pac-12.

Mike Stoops' $1.47 million - with a base of $800,000 - was sixth among the 10 conference schools required by law to report salaries.

The most recent Pac-12 hire, Colorado's Jon Embree, landed near the bottom of the league with a salary of $720,000, not including bonuses.

The Buffaloes hired Embree - an alum with no head coaching experience - last December.

He received a base salary of $200,000, according to CU records obtained by the Star, plus a supplementary salary of another $200,000 for participating in radio and television shows.

Nike, which sponsors CU, added another $200,000 toward Embree's salary.

His package included another $75,000 for conducting three football camps and $6,000 simply for joining the Boulder (Colo.) Country Club.

His bonuses, which can reach a total of $1.4 million, include $75,000 for academic goals, $75,000 in player citizenship bonuses and $50,000 in "outreach, culture and reputation" bonuses.

He can make a $750,000 bonus for winning the national title, $250,000 for a Bowl Championship Series bowl game or $200,000 for another bowl.

Embree can make $50,000 if his team wins seven regular-season games, plus $25,000 for an eighth win. Colorado is 2-10 this season.

CU paid $20,000 in moving expenses, provided a courtesy car and gave him 10 season tickets for a Folsom Field suite.

At least 64 coaches will make more than $1 million this season, according to USA Today.

Half those make more than $2 million.

The newspaper reported that head coach pay rose 7.3 percent in 2010.


Rich Rodriguez figures to land near the middle of the Pac-12 in terms of salary.

Here's a look at the annual salaries of the 10 Pac-12 coaches whose public schools are mandated to report payment.

USC and Stanford, both private, are not obligated to report salaries, though Lane Kiffin's pay is undoubtedly near the top of the list.

Coach School Year hired Total annual salary Maximum bonus

Chip Kelly Oregon 2009 $2.8 million $1.04 million

Jeff Tedford Cal 2001 $2.3 million $255,000

Steve Sarkisian Washington 2008 $2.25 million $1.08 million

Kyle Whittingham Utah 2005 $1.7 million $740,000

Dennis Erickson Arizona State 2006 $1.5 million $1.8 million

Mike Stoops Arizona 2003 $1.47 million $700,000

Mike Riley Oregon State 2003 $1.31 million $360,000

Rick Neuheisel UCLA 2007 $1.285 million $500,000

Jon Embree Colorado 2011 $720,000 $1.4 million

Paul Wulff Washington State 2007 $600,050 $220,000

Source: USA Today