It is a simple business decision. If a coach can bring in more than their
salary, they are worth it. If they can't, fire them and hire someone who
can.How much they make is irrelevant, especially when comparing them
to university presidents. It is only relevant when you compare it to what they
add to the program. It always takes time to figure out whether a coach is going
to pay off or not.I can guarantee one thing though, the coaches and
the university presidents both understand the economics of the situation better
than the author of this article.
Fresnogirl, you're right that those types of people should get paid. But what it
comes down to is..how many people get furious that they have to pay $50 to visit
a doctor, but would happily pay the same amount or more multiple times a year to
see football games.
After perusing Google, I guess the best "unconfirmed" estimate of
Bronco Mendenhall's salary is approximately $900,000/year.
If Gordon Gee was a Football Coach he would be soon be on the unemployment list.
He hasn't a clue what football is about, else he would accept BSU's challenge
for Ohios State to play them anytime, anywhere. An interesting
comparison would be what University Presidents salary is in comparison to the
Football Coach of the same University.
Thanks for the lesson on basic economics, Osgrath. I was merely responding to
IDC's assumption that these are very special Public Employees. "These are
gifted men in high profile positions." I guess we should treasure them as
precious geniuses. I just find his glowing comments too funny. I
mean it's not like we entrust them with life and death.
Fresno Girl, people get paid a salary according to perceived value. A large
group of people value the entertainment that football brings. The only people
that value the services of a neuro-surgeon are those operated on and their
families. This is definitely not about an objective analysis of what
is truly more valuable, and it is not about amount of schooling and preparation
for the work. If everything were decided on an objective basis, school teachers
would be paid for the positive impact the good ones make on hundreds of kids,
preparing them for life. The neuro-surgeon saves a few lives here and there, a
good high school teacher molds hundreds of lives a year. Which is more valuable?
IDCAccording to Wikianswers: To become a neurosurgeon, you must
complete 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school and 1 year of surgery
internship followed by 5-7 years of neurosurgery residency. During these 14+
years of post-secondary training, you get paid nothing until residency at which
point you will make roughly $45K/year with moderate yearly increases. After
residency has been completed, a neurosurgeon makes on average $350-500K/year.Are these men really more talented than the men who operate on brains
for a living?
Gordon Gee seems to think himself an expert on football. He should quit his
current job and become a coach
These are gifted men in high profile positions. I bet most of these guys would
do well in whatever field they chose. They also work very hard and put in long
"Yet Locksley's $750,00 salary is equal to Troy Calhoun at Air Force and
more than bowl-bound San Diego State coach Brady Hoke ($675,000), whose standard
of living costs are significantly higher."When you get paid
over half million a year, would you still care "standard of living
It is funny to see coaches with a horrible team making buku bucks compared to
Coaches who have excellent programs... I think Utah and BYU need to pay there
coaches more... Steve Sarkisian makes 1.8 million and Coach Whitt only 1.1
mill... That should change immediately!!
The big bucks for coaches indirectly but eventually comes out of the fans'
pockets, who'd rather be entertained than educated.
It's basic economics- supply and demand under a free market society ... would
you rather live in a state imposed market society?
Howard S. | 8:26 a.m. Dec. 9, 2010 Taylorsville, UTNo it's
just that USA today couldn't get that info off of private schools so Notre Dame
and Boston College and etc are N/A too.
No mention of Bronco Mendenhall's salary? Guess Dick couldn't get
it approved by the BYU media police.
"Ohio State president Gordon Gee, a former University of Utah student and
BYU law professor, is the highest-paid public university president in the U.S.
with a base salary of $802,125 and total compensation package of $1.6 million.
But his football coach, Jim Tressel, makes twice as much ($3.5 million) in the
land of bow ties and vests"Tressel had a better year and
100,000 people don't pay from $45 to $8,000 to see Gee work for three hours. Its
simple economics, you don't pay a lot of money if you don't have to, and the
demand for a good football coach far exceeds the supply. Locksley won't be
getting $750,000 for much longer and in my humble opinion never will again.
How lame it must be to have your salaries openly compared in the newspaper, but
WOW that's a lotta dough! Even the lower end.
What this says is that society values sports far more than education, but I
think we have all sort of just accepted that."Sin is a vice of
such hideous means that at first to be seen, we first shun, then forget, as it
seems commonplace, but alas embrace." Poe