Stakes And Salaries Are High For College Coaches

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 2:16pm
Updated: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 2:54pm
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Arizona State University and the University of Arizona will face off Saturday in this year’s territorial cup game. The stakes are high for fans of the rival schools, and there are financial stakes for the two head coaches.

ASU and the U of A are not alone in offering their head coaches extra incentives to succeed and join their athletic programs in the first place, and the money itself, even without bonuses, is shocking to some.

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban who has led his team to consecutive national championships, leading to millions of dollars coming to school, is earning more than $5.5 million this year. Scott Hirko, assistant professor of sport management at Central Michigan University and co-author of a study this year on coaching salaries, talked more about college coaching salaries.