According to Notre Dame's 2012 federal tax return, Brian Kelly made less than Charlie Weis did. And that's just from the school itself and not counting Weis' Kansas income.
Weis, the former coach of Notre Dame and current coach at Kansas, received $2.1 million as part of the separation agreement between he and the school. Current Notre Dame coach Kelly was listed to make $1.5 million.
Kelly was listed with nearly $1.5 million in total pay, but the return notes that Kelly "is permitted to receive compensation from external sources with prior written approval from the University" and any such income is not reported on the return. Kelly's base compensation was reported as $698,140 – a little more than $25,000 more than the amount reported for calendar 2011.
The only person that made more than Weis on Notre Dame's return was Scott Malpass, the school's vice president and chief investment officer.
Athletic director Jack Swarbrick is listed to make over $1.1 million in 2012, and women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw's base salary was more than men's basketball coach Mike Brey's. However, Brey received over $720,000 from Play by Play sports, a marketing entity of Notre Dame's, which pushed his total compensation to $1.52 million over McGraw's $1.37 million.
As part of the agreement with Notre Dame, Weis will receive annual payouts from the school through 2015. He was fired from the school after the 2009 season and the total of the buyout payments could reach $19 million when concluded. After leaving Notre Dame, he served as the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010 and as the OC for the Florida Gators in 2011 before he was hired as Kansas' coach in 2012.
At Kansas, Weis was listed by USA Today's database as the 21st highest-paid coach in the country in 2012 with compensation of $2.5 million. When combined with his buyout payments, Weis vaults up to 2012's third-highest compensated coach in the country, ahead of Oklahoma's Bob Stoops, Ohio State's Urban Meyer and LSU's Les Miles and only behind Alabama's Nick Saban and Texas' Mack Brown.
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