detlef Posted December 12, 2006 Share Posted December 12, 2006 Driving home last night I was listening to sports radio and they spoke about Miles Brand suggesting that coaching salaries were "getting out of control". Is that so? Think about it for a moment. Now obviously compared to teachers, policemen, fire fighters, etc. the thought of paying that much jack to someone who coaches football or basketball is a bit insane. However, that's not a very realistic way of looking at it. I mean, the guys who came up with "Life Is Good" apparel are making mad jack and they're not exactly curing cancer either. In reality, how many coaches are making $1 mil plus per year? Between football and hoops, my guess is probably around 100. I get this number because I looked into football salaries and the average of the 119 D-1A schools was $950. Considering that there are coaches making $3 mil (which pull the average up faster than those on the other making $200. So it would seem that about 50 are above the $1 mil mark. Let's say it's about the same for hoops. That means there are two coaches per state on average making that kind of money. That's not a whole lot of people and as a percentage of the total number of people coaching football and basketball (even soley on the college level) that's a pretty small percentage. Here in NC, we've got 4 coaches who make over 1 mil (Coach K, Roy Williams, Butch Davis, and O'Brian) of course the last two replaced guys who were making just below. At the same time, we've got numerous industries in the state with CEOs, CFO, COOs, etc all making money in the same neighborhood. Now, in many cases, they may be doing something more important like developing spam or IT infrastructure, but are they under any more stress? Do they actually work any harder? Does anyone actually work harder than a coach of a major school? Just because lives or industry aren't at stake doesn't give them a free pass from working insane hours because the community will turn on them in a nanosecond if they start to slip or even catch a series of bad luck. I say they are "earning" that crazy money about as much as anyone else who makes that kind of jack. At any rate, just some food for thought. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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