The combined buyout total for fired college football coaches is staggering

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By , Audacy Sports

It's good work -- if you can get it.

College football coaches who have been fired in the early going of the 2022 season are raking in sizable buyouts as stipulated in their contracts.

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According to a report by Front Office Sports, five Power 5 schools are on the hook for more than $60 million in combined commitments to the head coaches they dismissed in the first third of the season -- an average of more than $12 million per fired coach.

Among the coaches in question are Paul Chryst of Wisconsin, Scott Frost of Nebraska, Geoff Collins of Georgia Tech, Karl Dorrell of Colorado, and Herman Edwards of Arizona State.

Chryst, who was let go over the weekend, is leading the way with a reported $16 million owed to him, or approximately 85% of what he was scheduled to earn over the four full seasons remaining on his contract.

Frost, who was dismissed on Sept. 11, is set to be paid $15 million to stay home. If the school had waited until Oct. 1 to fire him, the compensation would have fallen to $7.5 million, but athletic director Trev Alberts cited the need to be "fair" to the players and those around the team, ESPN reported.

Edwards, arguably the most recognizable of the group as a former NFL head coach, was finally let go on Sept. 18 after Arizona State had long been engulfed in a recruiting scandal. The school was set to pay him the full balance of his contract, which ran through the 2024 season.

All of schools in question are public universities, meaning the fired head coaches were among the highest-paid public employees in their states.

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