College football head coaches bank $4.6M in one-time payments, $13M in future commitments to date

This is the time of year when college football head coaches' bonuses and other incentives flow quickly and from many directions.

In the past week alone, money has been secured for this season from teams becoming eligible for bowl games, improving bowl position,

clinching appearances in conference championship games, and reaching benchmarks for overall wins or conference wins.

There also have been future considerations put in place – contract extensions, guaranteed pay raises, and even an increase in the amount of a previously earned, guaranteed pay raise.

Altogether for the season, with plenty of games left to be played, it comes to a little more than $4.6 million in one-time payments due in the coming months and more than $13 million in commitments for later years.

So far, the biggest bonus haul belongs to LSU's Brian Kelly.

He has picked up $500,000 for the Tigers becoming eligible for a bowl game, and $75,000 more on Saturday when they clinched a berth in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

Kelly's total means he will be joining Alabama's Nick Saban, Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Georgia's Kirby Smart in making more than $10 million this season.

LSU's appearance in the SEC title game will give Kelly the opportunity for a much bigger haul:

An SEC championship would trigger a $250,000 pay increase that would remain in effect for each of the nine remaining years on his contract,

meaning his agreement would increase in scheduled value by a total of $2.25 million. (The conference title also would give Kelly at least $175,000 in additional bonuses for this season.)

Coastal Carolina's Jamey Chadwell – whose basic compensation for the season is set to be just under $925,000 – is next on the season bonus list,

with $350,000 gained to this point. He, too, will have an opportunity to add on in a conference title game, the Sun Belt's, which the Chanticleers reached with a win on Saturday.

Alabama: Nick Saban ►$65,000: Sixth win, eligible for bowl game not among with the six connected to the College Football Playoff. ►$25,000: 8-2 record (5-2 in conference play) assures that team will be playing in one of Southeastern Conference's top seven non-CFP bowl games

Appalachian State: Shawn Clark ►$20,000: Competitive scheduling – played guarantee game at home stadium of Power 5 Conference opponent (Texas A&M)

Boise State: Andy Avalos ►$15,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game ►$10,000: Sixth win in Mountain West Conference play

Central Florida: Gus Malzahn ►$25,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game

Cincinnati: Luke Fickell ►$75,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game

Clemson: Dabo Swinney ►$75,000: Eligible for non-CFP bowl game with least eight wins ►$50,000: Win ACC division title, will play in conference title game

Coastal Carolina: Jamey Chadwell ►$150,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game ►$200,000: Win at least share of Sun Belt Conference division title, will play in conference title game

Connecticut: Jim Mora ►$25,000: Sixth win East Carolina: Mike Houston ►$50,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game

Eastern Michigan: Chris Creighton ►$15,000: Victory over Power 5 opponent (Arizona State)

Florida: Billy Napier ►$100,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game

Florida State: Mike Norvell ►$100,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game

Fresno State: Jeff Tedford ►$75,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game

Georgia: Kirby Smart ►$50,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game ►$25,000: 8-0 record assures that team will be playing in one of Southeastern Conference's top seven non-CFP bowl games

Houston: Dana Holgorsen ►$10,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game Illinois: Bret Bielema ►$25,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game

Iowa: Kirk Ferentz ►$100,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game

James Madison: Curt Cignetti ►$10,000: First Sun Belt Conference win in school history ►$20,000: Sixth win

Kansas: Lance Leipold ►$100,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game Kansas State: Chris Klieman ►$50,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game

Kentucky: Mark Stoops ►100,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game

LSU: Brian Kelly ►$500,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game ►$75,000: Win at least share of SEC division title, will play in conference title game

Louisville: Scott Satterfield ►$100,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game Marshall: Charles Huff ►$50,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game

Maryland: Mike Locksley ►$50,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game

Minnesota: P.J. Fleck ►$75,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game

Mississippi: Lane Kiffin ►$100,000: Regular season win over non-conference Power 5 team (Georgia Tech) ►$50,000: Sixth win, eligible for non-CFP bowl game

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