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Kevin Sumlin joins the $3 million club with raise from Texas A&M

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Kevin Sumlin won't be having to pick up a side-job to pay the bills anytime soon. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Sumlin won’t be having to pick up a side-job to pay the bills anytime soon. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

The SEC has set the college football standard both on the field, as well as off of it when it comes to coaching salaries.

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, who just tied a bow on an 11-2 season with a Cotton Bowl win, recently received a new deal from the Aggies.

That deal will reportedly pay him $3.1 million per year through 2017, and makes him the eighth SEC coach to make $3 million or more per year.

Following are the salaries of the eight highest paid coaches in the SEC, courtesy of ESPN:

  • Nick Saban, Alabama — $5.6 million
  • Les Miles, LSU — $4.3 million
  • Steve Spurrier, South Carolina — $3.3 million
  • Bret Bielema, Arkansas — $3.2 million
  • Mark Richt, Georgia — $3.2 million
  • Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M — $3.1 million
  • Butch Jones, Tennessee — $3 million
  • James Franklin, Vanderbilt — $3 million-plus*

* Vanderbilt is a private institution and not required to release salary figures, but sources have told that the new deal Franklin signed following his first season at Vanderbilt pays him in excess of $3 million per year.

Sumlin and the Aggies will be looking to roll the success of his first season in College Station into an SEC Championship in 2013. Many so-called experts have A&M ranked in the top two of their preseason rankings.

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