Only in America

With Kirby’s pay bump, the average salary of an SEC head football coach is somewhere in the mid-$4 million a year range.

On one level, I get it, I do.  On another, though, it strikes me a bit surreal to read a piece in which someone attempts to split hairs between which coach making that kind of money is overpaid and which one isn’t.  YMMV, of course.

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12 responses to “Only in America

  1. If they continue to win anywhere close to last year, from a Branding standpoint alone, he is worth every penny.

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  2. As glorified PE teachers (if you believe these guys are supposed to be students first), every one of them is overpaid.

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    • Spur 21

      How so – they generate HUGE sums of $$$ for their respective schools. Show me a CEO (which is what they are) that runs a company with equal sales that makes less.

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      • When said CEOs start paying the help (or allowing the help to earn money off their name and likeness), then you can talk about the money they bring in. The money flows to the coaches as a result (see the article the Senator posted the other day about NBA coaches’ salaries as a percentage of revenue). The NCAA, the universities and the coaches all talk about education first.

        I accept it’s a big business. I don’t accept that it’s labor price-fixing cartel.

        In this market as distorted as it is, Kirby is getting exactly what he should … doesn’t mean the market is appropriate.

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        • Spur 21

          I agree with most of that. The kids are getting screwed but not so much by the coaches – the NCAA and universities are the screwers.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        I get your point BUT, in order to justify the compensation rules for athletes the people in control deny that college athletics is a business.

        When athletic departments file a corporate tax return, pay corporate taxes and pay all employees a market bssed salary then I am not buying the “It’s a business ” justification.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        I get your point BUT, in order to justify the compensation rules for athletes the people in control deny that college athletics is a business.

        When athletic departments file a corporate tax return, pay corporate taxes and pay all employees a market bssed salary then I am not buying the “It’s a business ” justification.

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  3. Junkyardawg41

    It is more of an article about over achieving, under achieving or meeting expectations than one trying to equate success to salary. Take Mullen for a second. Outside of one year of having a couple of years where they were competitive with Alabama, what has he really done. If he was paid 6 million at MSU, he would be called overpaid. But take the UF job for 6M and you are just right without doing anything on the field? Liking a coach and equating the money is just crazy. The articles people write in the off season…

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  4. 92 grad

    We should find a way to tap into this alternative reality, I hope whoever cuts Kirby’s grass charges him $20,000.

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  5. Dolly Llama

    The assessments in the article seem about right. I can’t disagree with a one of them.

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  6. No Axe to Grind

    Major college football is major college football. Fanatics like those who daily read and comment on this column are ultimately responsible for it, the good and the bad.

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