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USA Today reveals the highest paid coaches in basketball, and the top two might miss the Big Dance

Drew Franklin03/10/21

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Kentucky’s John Calipari is still the highest paid coach in college basketball, according to USA Today’s updated database of all coaches’ salaries throughout college basketball. Coach Cal makes a comfortable $8,095,800 annually and also has the largest buyout at a casual $54 million, way more than double any other buyout listed on USA Today’s report.

Coming in a close (and secretive) second place, Mike Kryskewkijaskdiski is listed with a salary of $7,044,221, and he too is in jeopardy of missing the NCAA Tournament, which means the two highest paid coaches are unlikely to coach in the Big Dance later this month.

Jay Wright of Villanova is third, and the top 10 includes four coaches from the Southeastern Conference:

 

RK SCHOOL COACH SCHEDULED SCHOOL PAY CONTRACT YEAR PANDEMIC REDUCTION ACTUAL SCHOOL PAY TOTAL PAY TOTAL PANDEMIC REDUCTION SCHOOL BUYOUT AS OF 4/1/21
1 Kentucky John Calipari $8,000,000 $0 $8,000,000 $8,095,800 $0 $54,000,000
2 Duke Mike Krzyzewski $7,044,221
3 Villanova Jay Wright $6,144,180
4 Texas Tech Chris Beard $5,050,000 $328,708 $4,721,292 $4,873,592 $569,333 $15,267,641
5 Tennessee Rick Barnes $4,950,000 $242,500 $4,707,500 $4,707,500 $327,500 $16,625,000
6 North Carolina Roy Williams $2,475,000 $93,750 $2,381,250 $4,168,250 $93,750 $7,612,500
7 Michigan St Tom Izzo $3,922,266 $362,560 $3,559,706 $3,984,706 $441,492 $6,629,911
8 Auburn Bruce Pearl $3,931,330 $0 $3,931,330 $3,980,630 $0 $8,638,542
9 Texas A&M Buzz Williams $3,900,000 $0 $3,900,000 $3,900,000 $0 $16,925,000
10 Nebraska Fred Hoiberg $4,000,000 $100,000 $3,900,000 $3,900,000 $100,000 $22,000,000

 

To see the complete list of salaries all the way through Rick Pitino at No. 84 on the list, click USA Today’s updated story here.

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