One of the hot topics this week is how much Charlie Weis has been paid by Notre Dame to not coach the Fighting Irish. Weis is raking in around $2,000,000 per year, and by the end of 2015 will net close to $18 million since being fired by Notre Dame in 2009, according to a report from Matt Fortuna of ESPN.
Pretty crazy that someone can fail so badly and still be rewarded, right?
The situation, however, is not at all uncommon when it comes to coaching. For comparison, since 2007, SEC schools have been on the hook for a combined $45 million in buyout money. Auburn alone has had to dish out $12.6 million for Tommy Tuberville and Gene Chizik.
Florida also joined the club following the 2014 season after the Gators fired Will Muschamp, who is set to collect $6.3 million from the school.
If you’re scratching your head right now as to why someone who drove a program into the ground, such as Muschamp, is getting paid an insane amount of money to leave, you’re not alone. Did I mention Muschamp is also receiving a handsome salary from Auburn that isn’t affecting Florida’s buyout? Deep, deep breaths.