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Highest Paid Coaches in NCAA Basketball

I think that everyone can agree that becoming an athlete or a team coach for a professional or semi professional sport not only pays tremendously well but can sometimes seem like it’s a little too much. But what exactly is the level of too much pay and who exactly has had the highest numbers as a NCAA coach?

Anyone can speculate who was the best coach out of the available teams but there is no speculating on who had the highest pay out of all of the NCAA coaches. Below are a list of some of the most highest paid coaches in the league and when you see the numbers it just may blow your mind. Every single one of these people make more than the President of our United States.

The highest ever paid coach in the NCAA is John Calipari, who is the coach for the college basketball team of University of Kentucky. John Calipari has a whopping total pay of $6,356,756 with a maximum bonus of $50,000. Yes you read that right. It’s no wonder why Calipari has been with the team since the 2009-2010 season.

The second highest paid coach in the NCAA is Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K coaches for Duke University basketball team and has a whopping pay of $6,043,979 with it no maximum bonus. Coach K has been coaching since the 1980s when he took over the team and since then has won 960 games, but in total, 1033 career games.

The third highest paid coach is Rick Pitino, who coaches for the Louisville Cardinals, has had a 30 year coaching career and has led his team to the NCAA tournament 12 times. coach Pitino has had 737 victories in his career. Rick Pitino’s total pay as a NCAA coach is $6,004,529 with a max bonus pay of $775,000.

Bill Self, coach of the Kansas Jayhawks, has been with the team since 2003 and since then has earned his total pay of $4,955,186 with a maximum bonus of $525,000.Coach Self has led his team to 12 consecutive NCAA tournaments where they ended up in the final four two different times and he ended up winning everything in 2008.

Another high paid coach is Tom Izzo, who happens to be Michigan State’s basketball coach. Coach Izzo has had his career for over 20 years and stayed in one spot the whole time bringing his team to the NCAA tournament 18 different times. Izzo also made sure his team made it to the final four 7 different times, winning in 2000. Tom Izzo’s pay in total is $4,006,955 with a max bonus of $350,000. With a career like his, it is a surprise to see such a lower pay compared to the above mentioned coaches.

Sean Miller, Coach of the Arizona Wildcats sense 2009, has a total pay of $3,484,500 and a max bonus pay of $1,260,000. Miller has led the Wildcats to 3 Pac- 12 season crowns as well as one NCAA tournament title.I don’t think Coach Miller will be going anywhere anytime soon.

Ohio state basketball coach Thad Matta, took over the buckeyes in 2004 and since then has gotten the team to win five Big Ten season crowns, four conference tournaments, and two final four achievements. With a beautiful career like this it is no wonder why Matta has a total pay of $3,372,000 with a maximum bonus of $410,000.

Imagine what your life could have been if you decided to become a basketball coach, which is obviously not for everyone. These are only seven out of the very many coaches out there between the NCAA, NFL, NBA and any other semi major or major league team. They better keep up the good work otherwise we can expect to see them disappear fast.

The Best NCAA Tournament Basketball Players Of All-Time

The Top Ten Players in NCAA Tournament History. 

The hardest task any serious and objective basketball analyst could ever accomplish is ranking the court kings of the NCAA since its conception. I have done thorough research on looking up NCAA statistics dating as early as the tournament began getting any serious traction. I have also sampled what the fan base has always felt about particular players and the adversities these big talents had to endure to select the best of the best. Here are my ten picks in descending order:

10. Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati
This kid was phenomenal. His individual performance and personality solidified his team and inspired it. He scored an average of 32 points for every game he played and 13 rebounds. He epitomized solo performance as is the all-time NCAA top scorer.

9. David Thompson, North Carolina State
Popularly known as “Skywalker,” this college kid did the impossible; he singlehandedly brought the UCLA seven-year championship streak to a dramatic end. The UCLA were a superb team and sometimes beat phenomenal teams using psychological warfare. David refused to bow down to their dominance and inspired his team to put up a fight successfully. In that memorable game, he clinched 28 points after coming out of the hospital. He had been injured during the quarterfinals against Pittsburgh.

8. Danny Manning, Kansas
This guy was the 1987 overall NBA draft number one pick. His team was also referred to as “Danny and the Miracles” for a long time after it won the 1988 national championship. Kansas will never forget this guy but neither will all basketball fans. He propelled the Jayhawks to championships at the finals by scoring 31 points and making sneaky steals and aggressive blocks that frustrated Oklahoma and secured their narrow win.

7. Jerry Lucas, Ohio State
The incredible stats for this NCAA legend have earned him the number seven slot on this list. They include but are not limited to:
• Average of more than 20 points for his three years of the NCAA games
• Buckeye all-time record for rebounds
• Two-times pick as Final Four NCAA Most Outstanding Player

6. Earvin Johnson, Michigan State
Earvin was nicknamed “Magic” for a reason. He had a personality that ignited his fans and his teammates. He brought passion to the game inspiring teamwork from his colleagues through exceptional individual performance. He led his team to the 1979 national finals. The game was electrifying to an extent it stands as the most-watched NCAA game of all time. He was named the Most Outstanding Player because of creative and selfless passes.

5. Patrick Ewing, Georgetown
In 1982, a freshman gave Michael Jordan a major headache during a championship game. Patrick shocked the Tar Heels by scoring 23 points despite his youth and inexperience. He led his Georgetown team to two more finals and won them. He was 1984’s most outstanding Player.

4. Bill Walton, UCLA
Bill earns the number four slot because:
• He steered the UCLA to 88 consecutive wins
• He was named Most Outstanding Player twice consecutively
• He scored 21 out of 22 total shots in the 1973 finals

3. Bill Russell, San Francisco
This guy almost made basketball unfair with his dominance. In a bid to make it impossible for a single player to stop an entire team from scoring, the NCAA had to change rules after he left college. In the 1956 title game, he grabbed 27 boards bringing his tally rebound to 50 during the final four games that year. The defender scored an odd average of 20 points per game and won the most coveted annual NCAA individual title that year.

2. Christian Laettner, Duke
He is responsible for the most memorable play of all-time at the NCAA games. He scored a total of 407 points in 23 games. The list just goes on

1. Lew Alcindor, UCLA
Lew is the best of the best of the best for two reasons:
• Earned the title Most Outstanding Player three times in a row
• He compelled the NCAA to ban the dunk for being too good at it