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Mark Stoops, John Calipari rank among college sports’ highest-paid coaches

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No surprise here.

Photo: Lexington Herald-Leader

The Kentucky Wildcats athletic program is home to a pair of the top 25 highest-paid college sports head coaches in America.

In a list revealed by 247 Sports, both UK football’s Mark Stoops and men’s basketball’s John Calipari rank among the highest-paid coaches in America.

Stoops’ $4.75 million salary ranks 24th among all college coaches in America, while Calipari’s $8.1 million ranks fourth in the nation.

This means Kentucky is home to college football’s 21st and college basketball’s highest-paid basketball coach.

Much of the coaches on the list do their coaching on the gridiron with just four coming from the hardwood in Calipari (4), Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, UCLA’s Mick Cronin and Tennessee’s Rick Barnes.

Here’s a look at all the SEC coaches on the list:

25. Rick Barnes, Tennessee Volunteers Basketball

24. Mark Stoops, Kentucky Wildcats Football

T21. Mike Leach, Mississippi State Bulldogs Football

12. Dan Mullen, Florida Gators Football

9. Kirby Smart, Georgia Bulldogs Football

8. Gus Malzahn, Auburn Tigers Football

6. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M Aggies

4. John Calipari, Kentucky Basketball

3. Ed Orgeron, LSU Tigers

2. Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide