Because the Final Four is the pinnacle of American amateur athletics involving unpaid student-athletes, there's a lot of talk about money going on this week. For once, we are all Darren Rovell. Sorry.
First up, USA Today put up a handy chart of how much every major college basketball coach is getting paid. While it's no surprise to Syracuse Orange fans to learn that Jim Boeheim is a bargain, it's a good reminder of just how valuable he is. He comes in at No. 17 overall with a base salary of $1.9M. He probably makes more but SU is private and doesn't make all their financials public.
It's a lot of money for sure, but consider this...Boeheim makes less than Ohio State's Thad Matta ($3.1M), Indiana's Tom Crean ($2.9M), Arizona's Sean Miller ($2.1M), Villanova's Jay Wright ($2.3M), Oklahoma St.'s Travis Ford ($2.23M), Minnesota's now-fired Tubby Smith ($2.2M), Georgetown's JTIII ($2.2M), Oklahoma's Lon Kruger ($2.1M) and N.C. State's Mark Gottfried ($1.95M).
Not only does it drive home how much more Syracuse is getting for its money than all those other schools but it also drives home the pressure those other guys are under to do better (and why Smith is now at Texas Tech after being fired).
Meanwhile over at Forbes, they remind us of the stunning difference in spending that goes into Louisville basketball, Syracuse basketball and Wichita St. basketball. According to them, Louisville's basketball profits last season were $42M compared to Syracuse ($26M), Michigan ($9.9M) and Wichita State ($5M).
That's made double-interesting when you realize Syracuse is pulling in almost triple what Michigan is but Boeheim and Beilein basically make the same amount of money. We are seriously spoiled.
Big East associate commissioner John Paquette said the conference will pay league members SU and Louisville approximately $1.1 million this spring. Those two teams, plus Michigan and Wichita State, will play in Saturday's national basketball semifinals.
That's nice. But how bout you just take it out of our exit fees to make it easier?