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ERIC Number: EJ855266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr-3
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
March Money Madness: The Coaches vs. the Professors
Cottle, Thomas
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n30 pA22 Apr 2009
College basketball's March Madness has come at a time when one prominent coach's salary has been held up for inspection. Apparently, the fact that the $1.6-million annual income of the University of Connecticut's Jim Calhoun makes him the highest-paid public employee in his state has rankled some people. Or are they more upset that he was caught off guard at a postgame news conference and appeared somewhat haughty? Whatever the case, Calhoun did offer a rather strong defense of his salary. His elevated income, he argued, was more than offset by the fact that he raises almost $12-million each year for his university. Point well taken. Not too many university professors could make that claim. In fact, that has always been the argument for justifying what some people would deem exorbitant salaries for football and basketball coaches at Division I institutions. On the surface, it seems presumptuous to allege that a mere professor of education could match his value in financial terms with a basketball coach. And if that same professor would further contend that his financial contribution may actually be far greater than the coach's, one might wonder about the state of his mental health. In this article, the author, a university professor, argues with the coach's logic by comparing what the coach has brought in with what his students are bringing in.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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