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10 Underrated, Overachieving NCAA Football Coaches

10 Underrated and Overachieving NCAA Football Coaches

10 Underrated and Overachieving NCAA Football Coaches

12 Underrated and Overachieving NCAA Football Coaches

Every year, salaries for players and coaches across sports are released, and oftentimes debates over whether or not someone is overpaid based on their body of work.

Not as much attention is paid, conversely, on those who are actually finding success on smaller salaries, especially coaches in college football. What you’ll find is, whether the following coaches make a few million per year or a few hundred thousand, their performance suggests that they are worth more than what they are getting paid.

The Google Fusion Tables graphic found below (or by clicking here) provides some insight into coaches' 2016 salary and their average wins per year over their last five seasons. The top 34 coaches (based on 2016 salary) are displayed, as well as other coaches with lower salaries who are featured in this list.

Note: Salary information is courtesy of USA Today’s annual list of compensation for NCAA coaches.

10. Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion

12 Underrated and Overachieving NCAA Football Coaches

2016 Pay: $569,590

Average Wins per Year: 7

Bobby Wilder’s tenure at Old Dominion can be summarized in three words: architect, coach, winner. The Monarchs have only been part of the FBS for three seasons, and Wilder has been there from the start. While some programs jump into the FBS and struggle mightily out of the gate, Wilder has done just the opposite. He has collected 21 wins in his first three seasons, culminating in a 10-3 record in 2016 with a season-ending win in the Bahamas Bowl (definitely not a bad place to win your first bowl game).

For somebody who has built this program from the ground into a major player in Conference-USA, the $569K salary earned in 2016 seems like a bargain with Wilder’s success in Norfolk.

(Photo courtesy of Old Dominion University Athletics)

9. Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee

12 Underrated and Overachieving NCAA Football Coaches

2016 Pay: $804,004

Average Wins per Year: 7.4

For at least one more season, Rick Stockstill will not be the only one with that last name on the sidelines at Middle Tennessee. His son Brent, a rising junior, will look to quarterback the Blue Raiders to another winning season in Murfreesboro, as the team has not had a sub-.500 season since 2011. The elder Stockstill has enjoyed an eight-win season in three of the last five years, and another strong campaign should put the Blue Raiders in Conference USA title contention.

His $804K salary in 2016 was more than $1 million below the national average, but continual success — on and off the field — will suit the Stockstill family just fine.

8. Mike Norvell, Memphis

12 Underrated and Overachieving NCAA Football Coaches

2016 Pay: $1,800,000

Average Wins per Year: 8 (1 season)

Mike Norvell generated a buzz around Memphis in Dec. 2015 when he signed on as the school’s 24th head coach and the youngest in the FBS. Not only did he show his prowess as a recruiter — he signed the No. 2-ranked recruiting class among Group of Five teams — but he also put it together on the field as well. His eight wins in 2016 were the most by a first-year head coach in school history, and he also was the first head coach to lead Memphis to a bowl in his debut.