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Meyer's new deal pushes Stoops down list

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Monday's announcement that Florida coach Urban Meyer has become the newest member of the exclusive $4 million-a-year club has pushed Bob Stoops down a notch on the list of the nation's highest-paid college football coaches.

The Orlando Sentinel had an interesting series on financing in college sports last week. One of the items they had was a list of salaries of all of the FBS head coaches ranked from 1 through 120.

Monday's announcement boosts Meyer into third place, trailing only USC's Pete Carroll ($4.4 million per year) and Notre Dame's Charlie Weis ($4.2 million per year). Alabama's Nick Saban is fourth at $3.9 million per year, LSU's Les Miles at fifth at $3.8 million and Stoops at sixth with a base contract for the 2009 season of $3.675 million after his most-recent contract extension with the school in June.

And that's not even including the "stay bonus" designed to keep Stoops at Oklahoma. If those are achieved, Stoops' deal will pay him more than $30 million through the end of 2015.

Here's a list of the annual salaries of the Big 12 coaches and where they rank, according to the figures provided by the Sentinel.

6. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma, $3.675 million
9. Mack Brown, Texas, $2.91 million
T12. Gary Pinkel, Missouri, $2.5 million
T16. Mark Mangino, Kansas, $2.3 million
25. Bo Pelini, Nebraska, $1.851 million
T28. Mike Sherman, Texas A&M, $1.8 million
T28. Art Briles, Baylor, $1.8 million
T32. Mike Leach, Texas Tech, $1.75 million
T53. Paul Rhoads, Iowa State, $1.15 million
T55. Dan Hawkins, Colorado, $1.1 million
T55. Bill Snyder, Kansas State, $1.1 million
64. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State, $1.05 million

The list actually has been revised after news surfaced last week that Gundy finally signed his contract that was agreed to last December. Gundy's new deal provides him with a base salary of $1.8 million, the Tulsa World reports. That figure would enable the Oklahoma State coach to crack the top 30 highest-paid coaches in the country.

The Big 12 also has an interesting connection that proves it should be considered among the ultimate "big boy" football conferences across the nation.

Along with the ACC and the SEC, all Big 12 head coaches earn at least $1 million per year.

It's nice work if you can get it.