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Highest-Paid College Basketball Coaches

Highest-Paid College Basketball Coaches

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About Highest-Paid College Basketball Coaches

According to a recent study by USA Today 32 Division I college basketball coaches earn seven figures annually.These 10 lead the pack. Salary figures don’t include potential bonuses for national titles and other incentives.

Do they deserve it? It’s really all in how you look at it. A major basketball school will typically generate anywhere from $15 million to $40 million a year for its university. Handing over 5% to 10% of that to the guy running the program seems reasonable enough, until you consider that no other business pays a CEO so generously. Apple doesn’t pay Steve Jobs over a billion dollars a year.

1.John Calipari – $4 million

Institution: University of Kentucky

Career record: 500-151 (.768)

NCAA Tournament appearances: 11 , Titles: 0

In 2009 Kentucky shelled out what they needed to pluck Calipari from Memphis, where he’d led the Tigers to four straight trips to the Sweet 16.


2.Tom Izzo -$3.4 million

Institution: Michigan State

Career record: 374-151 (.712)

NCAA Tournament appearances: 13 , Titles: 1

Got a nice raise after flirting with the potential purgatory of the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer. Izzo has led the Spartans to the NCAA tournament in each of his 13 seasons, including six Final Fours.


3.Billy Donovan – $3.3 million

Institution: University of Florida

Career record: 388-165 (.702)

NCAA Tournament appearances: 10 ,Titles: 2

Donovan almost split for the NBA’s Orlando Magic in 2007, but a last-minute change of heart kept him with the Gators, where he’s the winningest coach in the school’s history.


4.Bill Self – $3 million

Institution: University of Kansas

Career record: 436-150 (.744)

NCAA Tournament appearances: 12 , Titles: 1

Self has won at least a share of the Big 12 title in six of his seven seasons at Kansas, where he jumped to following a pair of Big 10 crowns at Illinois.


5.Thad Matta – $2.5 million

Institution: Ohio State

Career record: 285-87 (.766)

NCAA Tournament appearances: 8 , Titles: None

Matta has taken three schools (Butler, Xavier, Ohio State) to the NCAA tournament, narrowly missing a national title with the Buckeyes in 2007.


6.Rick Pitino – $2.25 million

Institution: Louisville

Career record: 594-216 (.733)

NCAA Tournament appearances: 13 , Titles: 1

The veteran coach who got his start as a graduate assistant at the University of Hawaii has won more than 70% of his NCAA tournament games while taking three schools to the Final Four. But only his 1996 Kentucky team won it all.


7.Mike Krzyzewski – $2.2 million

Institution: Duke

Career record: 894-282 (.760)

NCAA Tournament appearances: 26 , Titles: 4

Bonuses have pushed Krzyzewski’s income past $4 million in some seasons. He’s rejected various overtures from the NBA to remain at Duke, where he’s won four national titles and landed as the runner-up another four times. He’s closing in on mentor Bob Knight’s 904 career wins.


8.Rick Barnes – $2.2 million

Institution: Texas

Career record: 518-252 (.673)

NCAA Tournament appearances: 18 , Titles: None

Barnes has coached consistent tournament teams at Providence, Clemson and Texas, but he’s reached only one Final Four.


9.Roy Williams – $2 million

Institution: North Carolina

Career record: 634-161 (.797)

NCAA Tournament appearances: 20 , Titles: 2

Coaching at two of the nation’s premier programs, Kansas and North Carolina, Williams has reached seven Final Fours and won a pair of titles at Carolina.


10.Ben Howland – $2 million

Institution: UCLA

Career record: 355-179 (.665)

NCAA Tournament appearances: 8 , Titles: None

Howland took UCLA to three straight Final Fours from 2006 to 2008. Imagine if current NBA star Kevin Love hadn’t bolted after his freshman year.


Source: Forbes Magazine