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Coach K, Pitino, Izzo on top of salaries for NCAA Tournament coaches

Apr 8, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

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USA Today released the salaries of some of the coaches in this year’s NCAA Tournament and it was about what you’d expect.

Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski topped the list at $7,233,976 per year, with Louisville’s Rick Pitino at $4,973,343. Others such as Kansas’ Bill Self ($4,960,763) and Tom Izzo at Michigan State ($3,745,769) and Florida’s Billy Donovan (3,689,200) round out the Top 5.

John Beilein came in at no. 18, earning $1,865,975 this season at Michigan. And maybe you could say that’s a bargain, considering the Wolverine’s recent run. Before he left for USC, former Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield earned $159,550, 58th on the list. Several coaches on the list no longer are employed by the school, such as Tubby Smith, formerly of Minnesota, and Ben Howland at UCLA.

Of the non-power conference teams in the Dance, the highest-paid is Mark Few at no. 24. He banked $1,571,847 per year. No shocker there.

One of the more surprising salaries? Larry Eustachy. Who earned $500,000 in his first season at Colorado State in 2012-13. Southern’s Roman Banks, who did a masterful job at Southern, considering the job he inherited, was the lowest-paid coach listed in the tournament at $115,000 per year.

Six schools were not listed.

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  1. cullimon - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Izzo deserves every cent

  2. gopherz - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    AND none are WORTH that kind of MONEY ; the players play for PEANUTS ? THE way SELF blowed the game with MICH he should give kansas back their MONEY??

    • zapainhurtzalot - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      I don’t understand how a “coach” makes that kind of money period! Yes their programs bring in millions upon millions of dollars, however, that should be used to improve the institutions they work for, not their own bank accounts. NO coach, especially K is worth 7m.

      This all just goes to show how athletics is placed over academics in the colleges and universities for the simple reason…MONEY!!

      And where do they get this money you might wonder? Along with sponsorships, endorsements, etc…try taking a look at how much a ticket to a game costs. Then factor in the $4 sodas, $5 hotdogs, etc…

      The major college sports, basketball, football and baseball are pretty much the “minor” leagues for the professional sports, however, the players don’t get paid cash but rather an education that some don’t take full advantage of and leave early (that’s another issue that irks me to no end!).


  3. cullimon - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Considering the money these coaches bring in, they are worth it. also, players are paid in the way of a ~$50,000 scholarship along with massive fame and free lodging, food, certain apparel and airplane rides to places around the country. These kids, by the time they’re seniors will have hundreds of thousands spent on them directly and have extremely unique memories others simply couldn’t get. Not exactly “peanuts”

  4. bigdog3838 - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    how is Roy Williams only making $1.8 million?! that is ludicrous!

    • zapainhurtzalot - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      Because Roy is not in it for the money.

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