HBO’s Real Sports profiles Lane Kiffin on Tuesday and in the piece reporter Andrea Kremer claims the 35-year-old’s new contract with the school will pay him $4 million annually. Kiffin’s decorated predecessor Pete Carroll made $4.4M his last year in L.A., qualifying the coach as the highest-paid employee of any private school in the America at the time.
Of course, Carroll won seven consecutive Pac-10 titles and two BCS Championships before he reached that level of compensation. Lane’s claim to fame is having won the friendship of Carroll, who was largely responsible for getting him the NFL Oakland and Tennessee head coaching jobs.
The $4M number pegs Kiffin as the fourth-highest paid coach in the nation, behind Bob Stoops, Mack Brown and Nick Saban. Saban was raised to nearly $5m per season after winning the BCS Title at ‘Bama earlier this year. Brown also was bumped up to $5.1M after 2009. Urban Meyer currently draws $4M per season, equal to Kiffin’s compensation.
Real Sports also reports Kiffin’s dad, 70-year-old Monte, will make $2 million this season as USC’s Defensive Coordinator, which is what his son raked in during his one season as Tennessee Coach.
While you may think that Kiffin’s seemingly huge salary will buy some patience if the Trojans struggle early in his tenure, consider that he’s being evaluated by the same well-monied USC alums who saw fit to give him $4M per in the first place.