detlef Posted December 15, 2009 Share Posted December 15, 2009 When a guy like Mack Brown gets a massive raise (and that was one freaking massive raise I think 60% or so off a huge base), it is always pointed out that he's not paid by the school but by the Athletic Dept which generates a ton of money for the school, etc. Now, in general, I don't have much problem with this and realize that it's a strawman argument to point out that these guys are the highest paid state employees, and the state is running a deficit, etc. Again, they are the main cog in a money making machine and apparently UT's machine makes way more than anyone else's. All that said, I am curious to know how much of a burden the football team is on the school. I understand that net, the school is better off with the team but when they mention how much the program brings to the school, do they take into account the cost the school bears in housing, feeding, and teaching these players or is the amount they claim the program brings above and beyond that cost? It would seem rather disingenuous to not show the net gain on the part of the school. And, lastly, I'm not sure I'm on board with just giving the programs carte blanche when it comes to paying these guys, at least if they insist upon spending the money somewhat foolishly. There's certainly an argument to be made for keeping key employees by staying ahead of the competition in terms of compensation. But that logic sort of fails if you pay drastically over the going rate. At least I think that a program affiliated with a school should have to explain why they're going to pay their coach so much more than any of the other top guys in the country. Was there any risk at all of losing Brown if they simply bumped him up to $4 mil? Wouldn't that make him the highest paid coach in the country? Sure there are a few pro coaches making more than that but is Brown the kind of guy who'd get that kind of offer from the big boys? Is he really at all interested in making the jump anyway? Regardless of whether or not the football team is making money, if UT is like any other school, as a whole, they're likely struggling and the timing seems a bit odd. I was almost going to say that Mack could do his legacy a favor and decline some of the raise, say that last $1 mil and tell them to put it towards the school. Then it dawned on me how little such a hugely generous gesture would actually buy him because those bitter over how much these guys make wouldn't be able to get past the fact that at $4 mil, he still makes whatever times more than a professor, blah, blah. So scratch that. Get paid. None the less, I still question the wisdom of the AD. I'm sure Brown's agent is quick to point to how much more money UT makes than anyone else and certainly Mack is running a great program. However, you have to also realize that he's selling College Football to Texans, which is probably not all that hard to do, and to say he's worth so much more than the other elite coaches implies that Carroll, Meyer, Stoops, etc would not also be able make them cash in. That seems like a major stretch. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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