I hate to be a bore, but I can’t resist a word about today’s USA Today’s cover story about, that’s right, big-time college football coaches’ salaries. Some of the highlights:
- Fifty-six coaches make over $1 million a year (25 pull in over $2 mil, nine over $3 mil, and three $4 mil or more).
- The average pay for coaches in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) division has gone up 46% over the last three years, and now is $1.31 million.
- Maybe most startling at all, 66 assistant coaches make $300,000 or more. At the University of Tennessee, the nine assistants earn an average of more than $369,000.
For comparison’s sake, the average full professor at at research university makes about $115,000 and, as noted yesterday, the average salary for the president of a private college or university is $358,000.
As Huck Finn’s father is fond of saying, “And they call that govment!”