For the 15th consecutive year, USA TODAY Sports has obtained and analyzed the contracts of college football coaches across the Football Bowl Subdivision.

And some deals, as always, are more lopsided than others.

While some FBS coaches look like bargains for their respective employers, others have contracts with bloated salaries, excessive perks and terms that could prove financially dubious should the team's performance dip. 

Here are five such contracts, that signal victories for coaches at the negotiating table but provide the least value to their respective schools due to a variety of factors, including total compensation, buyout parameters and recent performance.


Ed Orgeron, LSU

Orgeron's deal might have seemed like a bargain 18 months ago, after he led the Tigers to a national championship. But now ... not so much.

The 60-year-old Orgeron is due to nearly $8.7 million in compensation from the school this year, including a $2.5 million premium payment on a split-dollar life insurance policy. His basic pay is $6 million.

If Orgeron is fired without cause on Dec. 1, he will be owed a little less than $17.2 million – an amount that is feasible for a school like LSU, but nevertheless substantial. And after the events of the past year, it appears entirely possible that such a firing could occur. The Tigers finished 5-5 last year, and they are 3-3 this year. The football program has also been the subject of Title IX allegations uncovered by USA TODAY last year.


Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M

Fisher has a massive contract at least in part because he, like Orgeron, is among the handful of active coaches who have won a national title. (Mack Brown, Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney are the others.) 

But even Fisher's track record of success doesn't justify the blatantly lopsided deal that he's received in College Station.