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Norvell’s pay cut among largest in college football

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Florida State coach Mike Norvell was scheduled to make $4 million in his first season at Florida State but, due to the coronavirus pandemic, has seen his pay reduced by $468,750 as well as an additional $500,000.

Norvell’s salary is reported to be just over $3 million, according to a database compiled by USA Today. That reduction would put Norvell among the largest of the Power 5 coaches. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has had his pay reduced by $1.25 million, while other notable cuts include Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh ($554,584) and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley ($515,000). 

Norvell’s pay cut was disclosed over the summer as part of FSU’s budget cuts. Men’s basketball coach Leonard Hamilton also took a pay cut, as did women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau (she later opted to sit out the 2020-21 season to help care for her mother, who has cancer).

Five of the seven highest-paid head coaches in college football are not receiving pay cuts: Alabama’s Nick Saban, LSU’s Ed Orgeron, Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, Georgia’s Kirby Smart and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn. Florida’s Dan Mullen will earn $6.07 million and has not taken a pay cut, while Miami is exempt from reporting what Manny Diaz earns.