The first two paragraphs in the USA Today article pretty much say it all:
Amid pay freezes for many employees and proposed tuition increases, the University of Texas on Monday made Mack Brown by far the highest paid coach in college football history.
Beginning next season, Brown will be paid at least $5.1 million a year under a contract revision approved by the UT System Board of Regents. He’ll become the first college football coach to reach the $5 million threshold and he’ll zoom past Southern California’s Pete Carroll, whose $4.4 million in total compensation for USC’s 2007-08 fiscal year topped USA TODAY’s 2009 survey of football coaches’ pay.
One more fun fact: Coach Brown’s salary is now twelve times more than that of the president of the university.
You know, I don’t really care that his salary comes from athletics department revenue, meaning that neither the university nor the state contributes. The problem is the message, and the message is that football is king at the University of Texas. I know some consider that old news, but this is ridiculous. At this point, the institution should consider removing “university” from its name.