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Texas Tech has paid more than half a million dollars per win during Kingsbury era

Would you pay $536,000 for a win against Eastern Washington?

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Another year, another mediocre season for Texas Tech, and it got me thinking - what does it actually cost to win a game during the Kliff Kingsbury era?

Well, the answer is about $536,000. That’s right, those wins against Kansas and Eastern Washington come at a premium.

This calculation included all 30 wins during Kingsbury’s tenure in Lubbock during the past five seasons, starting with his $2.2 million salary during his first year and the proceeding $3.5 million per year salary after the extension.

If you only calculate the wins over the last four years that included his contract extension and increase in salary, each victory costs about $636,000.

For perspective, let’s look at what various programs around the country are paying per win in college football.

Lincoln Riley - Oklahoma

Contract: $2.6 million

Wins: 12

Cost per win: $216,667

Scott Frost - UCF

Contract: $2 million, two years

Wins: 18

Cost per win: $222,222

Mike Norvell - Memphis

Contract: $1.8 million, two years

Wins: 18

Cost per win: $200,000

James Franklin - Penn State

Contract: 5.6 million, four years

Wins: 35

Cost per win: $640,000

Dave Doeren - NC State

Contract: 2.2 million, three years

Wins: 22

Cost per win: $300,000

Taking those numbers into consideration, Texas Tech is paying nearly four times per win as some other relatable schools. However, universities like Penn State, which dole out massive $5 million dollar contracts, don’t mind paying a little extra for 10-win seasons.