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By Ken Reed

Big-time college football is swimming in money. One need look no further than the huge buyouts college athletic programs are paying football coaches they’ve let go.

A group of seven head coaches (Mike Riley, Nebraska, Todd Graham, Arizona State, Jim McElwain, Florida, Jim Mora, UCLA, Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M, Butch Jones, Tennessee, and Bret Bielema, Arkansas) have been dismissed in the past month. Combined, they are reportedly owed $69.1 million for the early termination of their contracts. That means they are being paid on average nearly $10 million to go home and watch football on TV.

Moreover, buyout figures continue to grow. In 2017, according to USA Today, nine coaches now have buyouts that exceed $20 million!

The overarching point is, college athletic departments have the money to pay these ridiculous buyouts. Schools in Power Five conferences now average nearly $110 million in annual revenue.

So, tell me again why big-time college athletic programs can’t more fairly compensate the athletes that actually create the product?

Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans

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