10 Most Influential Charitable College Football Coaches

The love of humanity is in all walks of life, and among coaches, there are some very honorable persons.

Coaching is a tough role. The hours are long, coaches spend many days away from home with their team, and unless you are one of the top coaches in the country, the pay is not as glamorous as you may think. The mornings are early and the long days tiring and if you ask any coach why they have chosen this career, they will tell you, you do it for the kids and the love of the game.

Coaching is an honorable role and one that many coaches have shown their greatness on the field as well as off through some of the most heartwarming philanthropic acts such as the following 10 most influential charitable college football coaches.
1. Mack Brown, coach of the Men’s Football College Team the Texas Longhorns

Team Value: $119 million 

Profit: $59 million

Conference: Big 12

Previous Value Rank: 2

Austin, Texas, Metro Population: 1,652,602

University of Texas licensed merchandise has outsold all other academic institutions for four consecutive years.

 

2. Brian Kelly* – Kelly Cares Foundation, coach for the Men’s Football College Team the Norte Dame Fighting Irish

Team Value: $108 million

Profit: $38 million

Conference: Independent

Previous Value Rank: 1

South Bend, Ind, Metro Population: 316,865

An agreement that gives Notre Dame 1/66 of all Bowl Championship Series net revenues, means the Fighting Irish have received $4 million in payments from the BCS over the last three years, despite going 15 – 21 in the regular season and not qualifying for a single New Year’s Day or later bowl game.

*Replaced Charlie Weis after 2009 season.

 

3. Nick Saban – Nick’s Kids Fund, coach for the Men’s College Football Team the Alabama Crimson Tide

Team Value: $92 million

Profit: 38 million

Conference: Southeastern

Previous Value Rank: 9

Tuscaloosa, Ala, Metro Population: 206,765

The waiting list to obtain season tickets for the Crimson Tide is currently 15,210 names on. Once selected, new ticket holders must make a donation to the athletic department that ranges from $5,000 to $500,000 (depending on seat location) before receiving any tickets.

 

4. Will Muschamp*, coach for the Men’s College Football Team the Florida Gators

Team Value: $88 million

Profit: $41 million

Conference: Southeastern

Previous Value Rank: 5

Gainesville, Fla, Metro Population: 258,555

Gator fans shelled out a total of $145,000 last year just to have their names inscribed on the brick pathway leading up to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

*Replaced Urban Meyer 2010 season.

 

5. Les Miles, coach for the Men’s College Football Team the Louisiana State Tigers

Team Value: $86 million

Profit: $39 million

Conference: Southeastern

Previous Value Rank: 6

Baton Rouge, La, Metro Population: 774,327

Each Tigers home game weekend generates an estimated $8.2 million in direct spending by visitors to East Baton Rouge Parish.

 

6. Luke Fickell, coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes

Team Value: $85 million

Profit: $36 million

Conference: Big Ten

Previous Value Rank: 10

Columbus, Ohio, Metro Population: 1,773,120

Ohio State is the only athletic department in the nation that can lay claim to having a team in the top 10 in both Forbes’ college football rankings and college basketball rankings, where they are the 10th most valuable team.

 

7. Mark Richt, coach of the Georgia Bulldogs

Team Value: $84 million

 

Profit: $45 million

Conference: Southeastern

Previous Value Rank: 3

Athens, Ga., Metro Population: 189,264

Georgia Bulldogs apparel was the third highest selling of any university last academic year, behind only Texas and Florida.

 

8. Joe Paterno, coach for the Men’s College Football Team the Pennsylvania State Nittany Lions

Team Value: $99 million

Profit: $50 million

Conference: Big Ten

Previous Value Rank: 13

State College PA, Metro Population:

Penn State’s Beaver Stadium is the largest building in college football with a listed capacity of 107,282 (but has held almost 111.000 on game day)

 

9. Bo Pelini – Bo Pelini Foundation, coach for the Men’s College Football Team the Nebraska Cornhuskers

Team Value: $93 million

Profit: $49 million

Conference: Big 12

Lincoln, Neb, Metro Population: 295,486

Donations required by Nebraska for season ticket holders to keep their seats totaled $15 million last season.

 

10. Bob Stoops – Bob Stoops Champions Foundation, coach of the Men’s College Football Team the Oklahoma Sooners

Team Value: $83 million

Profit: $40 million

Conference: Big 12

Previous Value Rank: 11

Cleveland County, Okla., Population: 239,760

Of the $19.4 million raised by the Sooners in donations tied to season tickets last year, 92% was generated by the football team.

 

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