One thing to know: Swinney is in line for a big pay day after guiding the Tigers to undefeated regular season and the No. 1 ranking for most of the season.
* Entering the 2015 season
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#24 Jim Mora — $3.35 million
School Salary: $3.35 million
Other Pay: $0
Potential Bonus: $0.93 million
Championships (conference/national): 0/0
One thing to know: After reports that he was interested in returning to the NFL prior to the season, Mora was quick to shoot those down, saying, "You know how those guys are. Sometimes they just make stuff up, and throw it out there, and see if it sticks."
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#23 Chris Petersen — $3.40 million
School Salary: $3.40 million
Other Pay: $2,940
Potential Bonus: $1.18 million
Championships (conference/national): 5/0
One thing to know: Washington lured Peterson away from Boise State in 2013 by making him the highest-paid coach in the Pac-12, a distinction he still holds. Earlier this season, Peterson returned to Boise to face the Broncos, something he called "awkward."
One thing to know: Mike Gundy is still a coach at Oklahoma State, but he's not 40 anymore (he's 48).
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#20 Mark Dantonio — $3.67 million
School: Michigan State
Conference: Big Ten
School Salary: $3.67 million
Other Pay: $0
Potential Bonus: $0.65 million
Championships (conference/national): 2/0
One thing to know: Despite all his success and a championship contender this season, Dantonio is just the fifth-highest-paid coach in the Big Ten.
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#19 Gary Patterson — $3.94 million
School: Texas Christian
Conference: Big 12
School Salary: $3.94 million
Other Pay: not reported
Potential Bonus: not reported
Championships (conference/national): 6/0
One thing to know: When Patterson took over TCU in 2000, they were in the WAC conference. Since then, they have moved to Conference USA, the Mountain West, and now into an annual championship contender as a member of one of the lucrative Power-5 conferences, the Big 12.
As television revenue increases for conferences and the NCAA, and demand increases for schools to compete for national championships, salaries for the head coaches are skyrocketing. So it's not surprising that the most successful coach in college football, Nick Saban, once again tops the list.
Using data compiled from USAToday.com and other sources, here are the college-football coaches who were paid the most during the 2015 season.