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


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.

Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

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