The USA Today has a nice chart the ranks the salaries of each coach in the NCAA tourney that the publication could obtain information on. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo is No. 4 on the list, making $3.7 million. Compare that to No. 62 (last) on the list: Southern’s Roman Banks, who makes $115,000. That’s soda pop and candy bar money for Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who tops the list at $7.2 million per year.
You can see the whole USA Today salary chart right here.
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Louisville’s Rick Pitino ($4.9 million) and Kansas’ Bill Self ($4.9) are Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.
The three most overpaid in my opinion? Arizona’s Sean Miller (No. 8 with a $2.5 million deal); Villanova’s Jay Wright (No. 10, $2.3); Oklahoma State’s Travis Ford (No. 11, $2.3). What have they done to deserve that fat wad of cash? In fact, they make more than Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim (No. 17, $1.9) and North Carolina’s Roy Williams (No. 21, $1.8). Go figure.
According to the salary database, here is how the seven Big Ten NCAA coaches break down in the list.
- No. 4 Tom Izzo, Michigan State: $3.7 million
- No. 6 Thad Matta, Ohio State: $3.2
- No. 7 Tom Crean Indiana: $2.9
- No. 9 Bo Ryan, Wisconsin: $2.4
- No. 13 Tubby Smith, Minnesota: $2.2
- No. 18 John Beilein, Michigan: $1.9
- No. 26 John Groce, Illinois: $1.4
You notice what I notice? You know, how low Michigan’s John Beilein is on this list? I have to think a raise is coming—a substantial raise.
And Tubby Smith was being a paid a lot of money by Minnesota for a guy who ended up 1-3 in the NCAA tourney. Do you really need to pay a coach that much to go 46-62 in the Big Ten? And be an NCAA flop? Just wondering.