Revisiting Dink NeSmith’s proposal for just a moment – “Next year, I want to give you a chance to double your pay and make $6 million” – I’m struck by a couple of thoughts.
First, Dink needs to polish his math skills. Mark Richt doesn’t currently make $3 million per year.
Second, what if all that money doesn’t matter? Now, by that I don’t mean that MR doesn’t want to earn a good living. What I’m asking is more on the margins: what if he honestly doesn’t care much about the difference in making $2 million a year versus $6 million?
I’m prompted to ask based on this post about the five most underpaid coaches in college football at Coaches Hot Seat Blog, particularly this part:
Mark Richt – Coach Richt just signed a 8 year - 16 million dollar contract this past summer which pays him $2 million dollars annually, and he is already at least 1 million dollars a year underpaid relative to other coaches in the SEC. Only one coach in the SEC has a career winning percentage better than Richt’s (.782), Urban Meyer (.817), and Urban Meyer is making over $3.25 million a year. If Mark Richt is willing to leave over $1 millions (sic) dollars on the table more power to him, but clearly Richt is one of the most underpaid coaches in the country.