Virginia Cavaliers’ head coach Bronco Mendenhall won two games in his first season in Charlottesville. According to USA Today, Mendenhall and his on-field assistants and head strength coach are making a combined $6,455,000 per year, which means that Virginia paid $3.2 million per victory this season.
According to the USA Today report, that ranks as the highest cost per win of any Football Bowl Subdivision team.
Following Virginia is Michigan State, which had three wins costing an average of $2.7 million, and Fresno State, which had just one win this season at $2.6 million.
Of course, it was a big rebuilding year for the depleted Cavaliers, who hope to find marked improvement in Year Two of the Mendenhall era.
But as the report points out, it does show one thing -- being a winning program doesn’t necessarily mean you need to spend the most money on your coaching staff. The four College Football Playoff semifinal teams are all in the 35-57 range: Ohio State is 35th with $1 million per win, Alabama 37th at $983K per win, Clemson 42nd at $848K per win, and Washington all the way at 57th with just $618K per win.