College football teams are an extension of the academic institutions they represent -- at least, that's the party line coming from the NCAA. But SEC schools, at least, value on-field performance much more than academics, according to Forbes.

The business magazine compiled a list that compares the performance and academic bonuses of 11 SEC head coaches, whose contract information was readily accessible. The money says about all you need to know about what priorities come first in college football. Check out the numbers for each coach in the slideshow below.

SEC Football Academic Incentives

NICK Saban, Alabama
 

NICK Saban, Alabama

Saban is the highest-paid coach in the SEC, earning a base salary of $6.9 million. In addition, Saban also enjoys a max performance bonus of $600,000 annually.

NICK Saban, Alabama
 

NICK Saban, Alabama

Compared to those lofty numbers, Saban's $150,000 max bonus for his team's academic success looks more like a token gesture than a point of emphasis from his higher-ups.

Les Miles, LSU
 

Les Miles, LSU

Les Miles has brought BCS championships to Louisiana State, so he's earned the second-highest base salary in the SEC, at $4.3 million.

Les Miles, LSU
 

Les Miles, LSU

Miles' academic incentives are more humble, maxing out at $200,000. Even so, that's tied for the second-highest figure in the SEC.

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
 

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina

The Old Ball Coach has huge performance bonuses built into his contract -- up to $1.15 million, according to Fobres.

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
 

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina

But the Gamecocks' academic performance bonus is only a fraction of what Spurrier gets for winning football games. The academic incentive tops out at $100,000.

Gus Malzahn, Auburn
 

Gus Malzahn, Auburn

Malzahn's on-field performance bonus is the largest in the SEC, reaching a peak of $1.8 million.

Gus Malzahn, Auburn
 

Gus Malzahn, Auburn

The same can't be said for the football coach's academic incentives, which max out at $150,000 a year.

Mark Richt, Georgia
 

Mark Richt, Georgia

On top of a $3.2 million annual salary, Georgia's head football coach can earn up to $800,000 in football-related bonuses each season.

Mark Richt, Georgia
 

Mark Richt, Georgia

But Richt's academic incentives are nothing to write home about, topping out at just $50,000.

Gary Pinkel, Missouri
 

Gary Pinkel, Missouri

Pinkel has huge contract incentives for on-field success. According to Forbes, Pinkel can earn up to $1.455 million extra depending on his team's success.

Gary Pinkel, Missouri
 

Gary Pinkel, Missouri

Missouri's head coach also has the largest academic incentive package in the SEC, although the $250,000 in bonuses is less than 10 percent his base salary.

Butch Jones, Tennessee
 

Butch Jones, Tennessee

In taking over a program desperate to return to its winning ways, Butch Jones received up to $900,000 of performance incentives in his contract with Tennessee.

Butch Jones, Tennessee
 

Butch Jones, Tennessee

Academic incentives, on the other hand, top out at $100,000.

Bret Bielema, Arkansas
 

Bret Bielema, Arkansas

When Arkansas hired Bielema away from Wisconsin, they gave him a contract that includes up to $800,000 in performance bonuses.

Bret Bielema, Arkansas
 

Bret Bielema, Arkansas

Bielema's football performance bonuses amount to four times his max annual academic bonuses, which are capped at $200,000.

Will Muschamp, Florida
 

Will Muschamp, Florida

Florida didn't open its pocketbook for Muschamp, giving him a base salary of $2.21 million and an SEC-low on-field performance bonus of $450,000.

Will Muschamp, Florida
 

Will Muschamp, Florida

Both figures are much better than Muschamp's academic incentive package, which doesn't exist -- Florida is one of two known SEC schools that offer no academic incentives to their head football coaches.

Mark Stoops, Kentucky
 

Mark Stoops, Kentucky

Stoops' $1.55 million performance bonus package is enormous relative to his league-low $2.1 million annual salary.

Mark Stoops, Kentucky
 

Mark Stoops, Kentucky

Needless to say, the coach's football bonuses cast a tall shadow up against his $50,000 academic bonus package.

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
 

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

Financially speaking, Sumlin doesn't have the greatest compensation package in the SEC. His base salary is tied for a league-low $2.1 million.

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
 

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

Meanwhile, Sumlin's contract offers no bonuses for his team's academic performance.

Dan Mullen, Mississippi State
 

Dan Mullen, Mississippi State

As the head coach of still-undefeated Mississippi State, Mullen is probably cruising toward hefty performance bonuses. But no one knows if any academic rewards will be included.

Derek Mason, Vanderbilt
 

Derek Mason, Vanderbilt

While Vanderbilt takes pride in its reputation as the most academically rigorous school in the SEC, the academic incentives offered to its head football coach are unknown.

Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss
 

Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss

Earlier this season, Freeze received a $1 million raise from Ole Miss, raising his base salary to $3 million. The school didn't disclose whether any academic bonuses were included.

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