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Neal Brown Among Lowest-Paid Big 12 Head Coaches

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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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