USA Today: Michigan's Dave Brandon among nation's highest-paid athletic directors
USA Today compiled a list of salaries for 111 of the 120 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision athletic directors, and Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon was ranked as the 13th highest-paid person on the list.
According to the database, Brandon earns a total salary of $700,454 per year, with a potential bonus amount of $165,000.
The list includes 10 of the 12 Big Ten Conference schools (Northwestern and Penn State are not included). Among the Big Ten athletic directors listed, Brandon sits third, behind Ohio State's Gene Smith ($1.058 million annual salary) and Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez ($1.041 million annual salary).
Vanderbilt's David Williams is listed as the highest-paid athletic director, with an annual total salary number of $2.56 million. Florida's Jeremy Foley ($1.55 million), Louisville's Tom Jurich ($1.43 million), Texas' DeLoss Dodds ($1.096 million) and Smith round out the top five reported salaries.
Louisiana-Monroe's Bobby Staub has the lowest reported annual salary at $109,923.
The list itself was compiled through open records' requests by USA Today. Private schools with unlisted tax information and public schools that did not list an outside income report were excluded. The excluded schools were Northwestern, Penn State, Brigham Young, Miami (Fla.), Rice, Southern California, Stanford, Temple and Tulane.