What do Illinois and Oregon football have in common?
Tim Beckman has posted a 5-15 record during his brief tenure at Illinois.
Mark Helfrich has Oregon at 8-0 heading into Thursday night's showdown at Stanford and on the cusp of a possible spot in the BCS title game if the Ducks keep their perfect record intact.
Yet the two coaches are making almost the same amount of money. Helfrich's base salary is $1.8 million, just a notch higher than Beckman's base salary of $1.7 million, according to data compiled by USA Today.
Beckman checks in as the 60th-highest paid FBS coach while Helfrich is listed at No. 56. Even though Helfrich already has three more wins in 12 less games compared to Beckman.
Alabama coach Nick Saban tops the list of coaches, earning $5,545,852. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer heads the list of Big Ten coaches, raking in a cool $4,608,000 to find himself sixth on the list.
Beckman is the 10th-highest paid Big Ten coach, with only Kevin Wilson at Indiana (66th, $1,291,000) and Jerry Kill at Minnesota (67th, $1.2 million) trailing Beckman's salary.