Cash Strapped States Pay Millions for Basketball Coaches

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[QUOTE]Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart, possibly smelling a taxpayer backlash over paying a basketball coach more than 35 times what the governor earns — after Beshear took a 10 percent pay cut — introduced Calipari in a lengthy opening statement that stressed how Calipari and other Wildcat coaches were not paid out of state funds, but from revenue generated by the school’s basketball and football teams.

“We do not use state appropriation or university funding to pay our coaches,” Barnhart explained. “Except for his base salary of $400,000, the bulk of this compensation is derived from our multimedia rights contract that includes radio and television agreements, other sponsors and conference revenue sharing.”[/QUOTE]

.According to the latest [URL=http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/resources/file/eb5bf844e0ca7f5/GenderEquityRept-Final.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&attachment=true]NCAA Gender-Equity Report[/URL], the average Division I head football coach earned $552,000 in 2005-06. In basketball, that figure was $409,600 for men and $187,300 for women.
there's a dose of reality for ya... edit
there's a dose of reality for ya... edit

Here’s why. Although at UCONN I bet the gap in revenue generated between the men’s and women’s team isn’t as great as elsewhere (and neither are the men’s and women’s coaches salaries).

[URL]http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=4033999[/URL]

How much of that “salary” is booster/ticket/merchandise, etc provided and not from the taxpayer. I bet A LOT of it is.

Jeebus the governor gets 1mill a year?

Do the women pull in the $ the men do? NO!

[QUOTE=VA49er;398635]How much of that “salary” is booster/ticket/merchandise, etc provided and not from the taxpayer. I bet A LOT of it is.[/QUOTE]

Does that booster money even get counted? I think Roy Williams makes “offically” in the neighborhood of $500 to $600 K a year but we all know he makes much more than that! I don’t think booster contract money gets lumped in with state salary figures.