Beamer was the league’s fifth-highest paid head coach, according to USA Today’s annual survey, behind Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, Virginia’s Mike London, North Carolina’s Larry Fedora and Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson.
The newspaper obtained head-coaching salaries from every ACC school except Miami.
Among the eight public ACC schools that released assistant coaching salaries to USA Today, Virginia Tech ranked third behind Clemson and Florida State in staff pay. Virginia was sixth.
Given Florida State’s resources and his two conference title game appearances in three seasons, Fisher isn’t overpaid by market standards. Nor is Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson – three conference championship games and one title, since vacated.
At age 66 and with no desire to leave his alma mater, Beamer is beyond leveraging overtures from elsewhere for significant pay bumps. Fisher and Fedora are, and after last year’s surprising 8-5 finish, Virginia rewarded London, the 2011 ACC Coach of the Year, with a $400,000 raise.
Seniority (12 seasons on the job) and a stunning 2006 ACC title put Wake Forest’s Jim Grobe about where you’d expect, while Clemson’s Dabo Swinney probably merits a raise after last season’s ACC title and this year’s 10-2 regular season.
Beamer’s salary, by the way, ranked 27th among the 116 schools surveyed by USA Today. No ACC coach approached the record $5,316,667 base pay of Alabama’s Nick Saban.
Here’s the complete ACC list:
Tom O'Brien, N.C. State: $1,936,225
David Cutcliffe, Duke: $1,788,523
Frank Spaziani, Boston College: $1,094,976