comes to you via The Drake Group’s David Ridpath, who continues to fret about college athletics in ways that are more than slightly unhinged.
Ridpath thinks college football coaches make too much money. Bully for him. His solution?
… The Drake Group would favor a rule forbidding coaches from earning more than their school’s president.”I think a football coach can survive,” Ridpath said, “making one dollar less than a president.”
That’s mighty big of him. While Ridpath’s at it, maybe he could see to it that Keanu Reeves makes less than my sister, the middle school teacher.
Why stop at the president’s salary? If the standard is survival, no doubt coaches could get by making less than a professor. Or Ridpath, for that matter. So what? It’s a free market and no one – no one – is holding a gun to a university president’s, or board of trustees’, or athletic director’s head or heads about how much to pay a head coach. Besides, what Ridpath proposes is an antitrust violation.
Guys like this make it hard to get riled up about Nick Saban’s salary. Or Mal Moore’s judgment…