Kansas might have gotten knocked out of the NCAA Tournament before they wanted to, but head coach Bill Self has this to comfort him: he’s in the top-three for highest paid coaches in the tournament this year, according to a report from USA Today.
Looking at compensation packages and federal tax returns, USA Today compiled a list of the top coaches who are bringing in the big bucks, both in and outside of tournament play.
Two coaches from Kentucky: top-seeded Louisville and The University of Kentucky (who didn’t play in this year’s tourney, but won last year) had the highest-paid coaches overall at public state schools. Louisville’s Rick Pitino brings in $4.97 million, while Kentucky’s John Calipari’s salary is at more than $5.4 million.
The report also noted that among public schools, Self’s salary represented the largest total dollar increase at $1.3 million.
USA Today reports that Duke’s coach Mike Krzyzewski is the most highly paid coach in the tournament, as a private school coach. Coach K raked in $7.2 million in 2010.