The Wisconsin Badgers sent shockwaves through the college football world when they hired Luke Fickell as their next head coach, bypassing interim Jim Leonhard and prying him away from Cincinnati.
The monetary details have been released, as ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported Monday that Fickell is set to earn nearly 7.9 million annually on a seven-year deal with Wisconsin, making him amongst the highest-paid coaches in college football.
Sources: Luke Fickell’s contract with Wisconsin is seven-year deal at an average of nearly $7.9 million per year.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 28, 2022
For reference, that would’ve placed him 10th amongst college football coaches in 2022, just below the likes of fellow Big 10 head coach James Franklin.
Fickell’s contract numbers come after new Nebraska head coach Matt Rhule is set to earn an eight-year deal worth $72 million.
Currently, Fickell would be poised to earn a raise of nearly $3 million annually, as he made $5 million as the head coach of Cincinnati in 2022.
Wisconsin has several high commitments monetarily, as they are on the hook for $11 million with former head coach Paul Chryst’s buyout as well.
Fickell now joins Big 10 head coaches Mel Tucker, Ryan Day, Rhule, and Franklin amongst the top 15 highest-paid coaches in college football with the new numbers.