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Coach K made $4.7 million during Duke’s title season

May 16, 2011, 8:09 PM EDT


Mike Krzyzewski’s 2009-10 season turned out to be very, very good.

Duke won the ACC tournament title, shared the regular-season crown and led the Devils to their fourth NCAA tournament title.

His reward? Nearly $4.7 million in compensation, according to a report from the AP.

That covers a base salary of $2 million, more than $2.2 million in bonuses and incentives and $420,000 in retirement and other deferred compensation. Those figures are according to IRS documents filed by the school.

Even so, it’s not that much more than Coach K’s recent paychecks. He made almost $4.2 million in 2008-09 and about $3.6 in 2007-08.

Perhaps more amazing is that Louisville coach Rick Pitino will make $7.5 million this season (Coach K will pull in about $4.2 again), according to USA Today figures. That’s an absurd number made possible by a massive $3.5 million bonus.

Kentucky coach John Calipari also makes more than $4 million thanks to hitting some of the bonus clauses in his contract.

(For comparison, two football coaches, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas’ Mack Brown, both make more than $5 million.)

But the most amazing aspect of Duke’s compensation? It gave football coach David Cutcliffe $1.7 million. Fairly certain Coach K is a better investment.

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  1. rlmprez - May 17, 2011 at 2:20 AM

    I think all the coaches mentioned in this piece are excellent coaches and good people. Despite that none of them is deserving of the salaries they are paid. It is, in my view, immoral for them to be paid such unbelieveable amounts. Each of the universities mentioned should allocate the money being paid to these coaches to the need based financial aid program to assist students who are struggling to pay tuition and other costs associated with college attendance.

  2. lanpar - Nov 15, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    u r right in a moral sense however in an economic point of few….college sports makes big money….so you need to win….to win you need great coaches….demand for good coaches grows and so do their salaries….

    however you could govern salaries (salary cap) and also force colleges to spread wealth across the different programs such as student aid……all colleges currently
    do this but perhaps a more set of standard programs with a standard % breakdown,
    e.g.- every college must put 10% into financial aid….you can even go so far as to
    have a federal pool funded for these kinds of programs, i.e.- small market colleges
    help the big market colleges…….ohhhh wait but now you are in DEEP WATER
    because then how about salary caps on professors, trainers, recruiters….
    who gets what and what share is fair…….

    so getting the right balance between a pure socialistic stance vs a pure capitalistic stance will be the greatest challenge in which we will always fail….

    now back to eating my burger and fries :)

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