Being an athletic director in the Big 12, it seems, is a very, very lucrative position.
Spencer Fane LLP compiled a database of the highest-paid athletic directors in the nation. Of the 130 FBS athletic directors, 115 are represented in the database.
Three Big 12 athletic directors appeared in the Top 10 on the list, led by Texas Tech’s Kirby Hocutt. Hocutt checked in at No. 5, with a total compensation of $1.45 million. Hocutt earned an Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award in 2018.
Chris Del Conte, who came to Texas from TCU last year, is right behind Hocutt at No. 6 on the list. Del Conte earns $1.44 million a year, according to USA Today. His move from the Horned Frogs to the Longhorns shook up the Big 12 in a major way. He raised buckets of money while at TCU and has embarked on a statewide tour in his first year at Texas to secure funds for the Longhorns.
Oklahoma’s Joe Castiglione appears at No. 9 on the list, earning $1.15 million in the last year. Castiglione long has been one of the most respected athletic directors in the country. He recently signed a contract extension that raises his total compensation to $1.55 million, which would move him to at least the No. 3 spot, tied with Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez.
The lowest-paid AD in the Big 12? That’s Kansas State’s Gene Taylor, who makes $500,000 a year. Not a bad gig, if you can get it.