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Neal Brown Among Lowest-Paid Big 12 Head Coaches



West Virginia’s Neal Brown is among the Big 12’s lowest compensated head coaches according to data reported by the USA Today this week.

Brown’s salary of $2.95 million ranks him third-lowest when compared to his Big 12 peers and below average among power five head coaches. Brown reportedly took a small pandemic-related pay cut.

Brown is one of four second-year head coaches in the Big 12 along with Kansas’s Les Miles ($3.3 million), Texas Tech’s Matt Wells ($2.87 million) and Kansas State’s Chris Klieman ($2.32 million). First-year Baylor head coach Dave Aranda’s salary was not reported.

The league’s longest-tenured head coaches are among the highest-paid in the nation. Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley ($6.2 million) and TCU’s Gary Patterson ($6.1 million) are in the top-10 highest-paid coaches in the country, according to USA Today’s list.

Texas’s Tom Herman ($5.65 million) sits just outside the top-10 and Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy ($4.15 million) is in the mid-20s.

Regionally, Pitt is scheduled to pay Pat Narduzzi just over $4 million and Marshall will pay Doc Holliday $758K.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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