Recently, CBSSports released a list of the highest paid college basketball coaches involved in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Clearly, the list is not comprehensive as it excludes programs that did not make the NCAA Tournament, but it certainly is interesting to see what the coaches having success are getting paid.
This list is noteworthy for a few reasons. First, it helps to give us an idea of which coaches are perceived to be worth the most. Typically, a coach is not going to get rewarded with a huge salary if he does not win. Along with this, it also gives us a look into which programs can afford to pay their coaches the big bucks. We all have an idea about which programs are perceived to be the best, but seeing how much they actually shell out is pretty interesting. Finally, everybody always likes to see what the coaches are getting paid.
There are a few noteworthy inclusions in the list, but 3 Big Ten coaches made the list and frankly, it is not all that surprising to see which Big Ten coaches made it. Let's take a look at the list.
Highest Paid Coaches In The 2014 NCAA Tournament:
- Mike Krzyzewski $9,682,032 (Duke)
- Rick Pitino $5,758,338 (Louisville)
- John Calipari $5,511,381 (Kentucky)
- Bill Self $4,960,763 (Kansas)
- Billy Donovan $3,905,964 (Florida)
- Tom Izzo $3,893,954 (Michigan State)
- Steve Alford $3,473,973 (UCLA)
- Thad Matta $3,282,000 (Ohio State)
- Josh Pastner $2,650,000 (Memphis)
- Sean Miller $2,627,806 (Arizona)
- Rick Barnes $2,550,000 (Texas)
- John Beilein $2,498,242 (Michigan)
- Travis Ford $2,450,000 (Oklahoma State)
- Jamie Dixon $2,445,682 (Pittsburgh)
- Tony Bennett $2,291,100 (Virginia)
- Lon Kruger $2,200,000 (Oklahoma)
- Scott Drew $2,133,120 (Baylor)
- Mark Gottfried $2,009,000 (North Carolina State)