Alabama football coach Nick Saban topped USA Today's annual coaching salary database again, with a total pay package of $8.3 million. The compensation was down from last year, when Saban topped the list at more than $11 million, including a $4 million bonus that Alabama called a "contract extension signing incentive."
Saban, 66, led Alabama to its fifth national title in 10 years last season. He signed an eight-year, $74.4 million contract extension in July to coach through the 2025 season.
Ohio State's Urban Meyer moved up to No. 2 on this year's list, which was released Wednesday, with a total payout of $7.6 million. He was No. 4 last year with a $6.4 million salary.
Meyer, however, was suspended for three games this season following an investigation into his handling of domestic violence accusations against former assistant Zach Smith and forfeited $570,507.68 in salary.
The highest-paid coach in the ACC was Clemson's Dabo Swinney, seventh overall at $6.5 million in total pay.
Texas coach Tom Herman topped the Big 12 coaches, coming in at No. 9 with $5.5 million.
Nebraska's Scott Frost was No. 10 at $5 million.
Of the top seven coaches, only Harbaugh has not taken a team to the national championship game.