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Federal tax documents reveal that Mike Krzyzewski made $9.7 million in 2011

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Salaries for head coaches have increased exponentially over the years, with increased television revenues (along with revenues from other sources) have allowed schools to pay top dollar to the leaders of their major sports programs.

With four national titles and multiple ACC titles and Final Four appearances, there’s no doubt that Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has earned his keep in Durham.

How much has he earned? According to USA Today, Krzyzewski received $9.7 million in pay for the 2011 calendar year based on a tax return recently filed by the school.

That amount is a record according to the paper, which has been tracking the pay of head coaches in football and men’s basketball since 2006, surpassing the $8.9 million earned by Louisville’s Rick Pitino in 2010-11.

Some details regarding Krzyzewski’s compensation were also revealed in the tax document:

$1,978,401 in base pay, nearly the same as what he received in 2010.

$5,642,574 in bonus and incentive compensation, nearly $1.9 million more than in 2010.

$1,982,097 in retirement and other deferred compensation, a little over $500,000 more than in 2010. (This is money that Krzyzewski accrued, but was not paid, in 2011; he could receive it in a future year.)

$59,616 in other reportable compensation such as family travel.

$19,344 in non-taxable benefits.

As a private school Duke isn’t required to release its contracts, resulting in the need to examine federal tax returns when attempting to figure out how much a coach is compensated.

Some may wonder why a coach would receive such a salary, but it all boils down to what the market demands.

A successful athletic department, especially in the major revenue sports, can result in more applicants and ultimately more enrollees (not to mention an increase in donations from alumni).

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

VIDEO: Winthrop’s Keon Johnson goes coast-to-coast for buzzer-beater

Winthrop's Keon Johnson (5) shoots a layup while defended by Coastal Carolina's Warren Gillis during the first half of the Big South Conference Championship college basketball game Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Conway, S.C. Coastal Carolina won 81-70. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)
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Winthop earned a Big South road win at Radford on Saturday afternoon as junior guard Keon Johnson raced coast-to-coast and buried the game-winner at the buzzer.

The 5-foot-7 Johnson erupted for 32 points in the win and he’s been one of the most potent mid-major scorers in the country this season. The win moves Winthrop to 18-7 on the season and their 10-4 mark in the Big South ties them with UNC Asheville atop the conference standings.

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After blowout of South Carolina, is No. 22 Kentucky a Final Four contender?

Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis (3) guards the ball after a rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Auburn, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 75-70. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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It only took 2:26 for official Doug Sirmons to plant two technical fouls on Kentucky head coach John Calipari, and that may have been the worst thing that could have happened to South Carolina.

He poked the bear, and the result was that a ticked off No. 22 Wildcat team proceeded to run the Gamecocks out of their own gym, 89-62.

The star of the show was interim head coach Tyler Ulis, who put together as dominating of a performance as you’ll ever see out of a player that stands 5-foot-9. Ulis finished with 27 points and 12 assists, hitting 4-for-8 from three and turning the ball over just once.

Marcus Lee added 11 points and 13 boards, including six on the offensive end, and Jamal Murray had his customary 26 points on 9-for-21 shooting, but the story of this game was Ulis.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seed a player under 6-foot capable of dominating a game the way that Ulis can dominate. Murray can take over with the best of them — we saw it against Florida and Ohio State — but when it comes to the NCAA tournament, this Kentucky team will go as far as Ulis carries them.

And based on the way that he’s played in the last six weeks, that could end up being pretty far. In SEC play, Ulis is averaging 19.4 points and 7.6 assists. He’s scored at least 17 points in 12 of the last 14 games and has notched as least five assists in all 14. He just orchestrated a total mollywhopping of a Frank Martin-coached team that was tied for first place in the SEC while playing without his head coach and on the road.

The issue with Kentucky is the same today as it was a month ago. They’re a two-man team with an inconsistent supporting cast. When their two studs play like this, they can beat anyone in the country. When they don’t, they can struggle against anyone.

But here’s the thing: When Ulis is playing the way that he’s played of late, they don’t really need all that much from their supporting cast. Derek Willis needs to be able to space the floor. Lee and Skal Labissiere need to be able to hold their own against opposing big men.

And when that happens?

Kentucky is clearly the best team in the SEC and good enough to be able to win four straight in the Big Dance and get to a Final Four.