A big topic of conversation when it comes to the coaching carousel is the contract buyouts for college football head coaches. On Wednesday, USA Today released the most recent figures of both coaches’ salaries and buyouts, and there are some pretty eye-opening numbers.

The man with the biggest buyout? You’d probably assume it’s Alabama head coach Nick Saban, right? Nope — Clemson’s Dabo Swinney has a whopping $40 million buyout. Right behind Swinney is Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, at $39.3 million. Washington’s Chris Peterson is at $30.6 million, and Saban checks in at $26.9 million.

When it comes to salaries, Saban leads the pack, making $11.1 million, a figure that was previously reported in May. He signed a contract signing bonus with his extension that earned him an extra $4 million this season. Swinney’s salary is at $8.5 million, and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh is right at $7 million.

Other notable buyouts from coaches that could be considered on the hot seat include Butch Jones’ $8.1 million, Kevin Sumlin’s $10.4 million, Bret Bielema’s $5.8 million, and Gus Malzahn’s $6.8 million.

The top 25 list of salaries, along with buyouts, can be seen below.

Top 25 CFB coaches buyouts and salaries

Coach Total Salary Buyout (As of 12/2017)
Nick Saban, Alabama $11,132,000 $26,900,000
Dabo Swinney, Clemson $8,526,800 $40,000,000
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan $7,004,000 $20,555,556
Urban Meyer, Ohio State $6,431,240 $21,345,100
Jimbo Fisher, Florida State $5,700,000 $39,312,500
David Shaw, Stanford $5,680,441
Rich Rodriguez, Arizona $6,031,563 $6,487,500
Tom Herman, Texas $5,486,316 $20,416,667
Gary Patterson, TCU $5,104,077
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M $5,000,000 $10,416,667
Gus Malzahn, Auburn $4,726,960 $6,898,958
James Franklin, Penn State $4,600,000 $21,858,333
Kirk Ferentz, Iowa $4,550,000 $22,537,500
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State $4,500,000
Jim McElwain, Florida $4,457,400 $12,916,668
Mark Dantonio, Michigan State $4,390,492 $7,000,000
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State $4,200,000 $13,800,000
Bret Bielema, Arkansas $4,245,000 $5,874,227
Chris Petersen, Washington $4,127,500 $30,671,875
Butch Jones, Tennessee $4,110,000 $8,125,000
Bobby Petrino, Louisville $3,930,434 $13,943,750
Kirby Smart, Georgia $3,753,600 $10,800,000
Mark Stoops, Kentucky $3,763,600 $14,765,625
Kyle Whittingham, Utah $3,687,917 $12,250,000

Click here to see the full USA Today list of head coaches’ salaries and buyouts.

Via SBNation.com