Pitino’s $7.5 million salary tops among coaches


Rick Pitino was on the shortlist for coach of the year this season, but that probably should’ve been expected given his salary.

Louisville’s coach will make $7.5 million this season, according to USA Today’s analysis of coaching contracts and other compensation documents.

 Part of Pitino’s massive deal relates to a $3.6 million bonus for completing three years of his contract. He also gets massive bonuses for tournament wins and high grade-point averages among his players. He may very well be worth it, though. Louisville made more than $25 million in revenue last season.

Behind Pitino are Duke’s Mike Kryzewski and Kentucky’s John Calipari, both of whom make right around $4 million. The complete table of all 68 coaches in the NCAA tournament is here, and a snippet is below.

On the opposite end of the spectrum? Virginia Commonwealth’s Shaka Smart ($424.000), Richmond’s Chris Mooney ($363,339) and Morehead State’s Donnie Tyndall (($179,000) all of whom won at least one NCAA tournament game.

Northern Colorado’s B.J. Hill ($85,000) was the lowest salaried coach.

Ten coaches weren’t included in the analysis.

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