The money ain't bad, either.
The University of Kentucky continues to set the bar high for coaching salaries, giving John Calipari an eight-year deal reportedly worth an average $4,500,000 annually. He'll make more in 10 minutes of game time than the average Kentucky resident makes in a year.
And Coach Cal isn't even the highest-paid coach in the Bluegrass State. That honor goes to Louisville's Rick Pitino, who reportedly pulls over $7.5 million dollars annually.
To illustrate how salaries have grown: in 2002, according to a report in Sports Illustrated, there were relatively few basketball coaches making "CEO money." SI's list at the time put just three coaches over the $1 million mark in salary, with Kentucky's Tubby Smith the highest-paid at $2.4 million a year.
Here's a look at some of the top reported salaries in Division I men's college basketball. Bear in mind, this is not a straight applies-to-apples comparison... some schools include apparel deals with sneaker companies as part of the reported compensation package (Florida is one), others do not. Public Universities -- most of the schools on this list -- have to be more forthcoming about the salaries they are paying, while private institutions like Duke and Syracuse can play things a bit closer to the vest.
|Coach||Team||Average Salary (Millions)||Source|
|Rick Pitino||Louisville||7.5||USA Today|
|John Calipari||Kentucky||4.5||Associated Press|
|Mike Krzyzewski||Duke||4.1||USA Today|
|Thad Matta||Ohio State||2.5||Diverseeducation.com|
|Jim Calhoun||Connecticut||2.3||Associated Press|
|Rick Barnes||Texas||2.4||Yahoo! Sports|
|Roy Williams||North Carolina||2.11||ESPN.com|
|Sean Miller||Arizona||2.3||USA Today|
|Tom Izzo||Michigan State||1.735||MSUSpartans.cstv.com|
|Mark Turgeon||Maryland||2.5||Dallas Morning News|
|Jim Boeheim||Syracuse||1.00 plus||Syracuse.com|