NCAA Tournament's highest-paid coaches include Calipari, Krzyzewski
Top college basketball programs are willing to pay a premium for high-caliber coaches capable of leading their teams to the NCAA tournament.
Known for securing top-notch recruiting classes and perennial March Madness berths, coaches like Kentucky’s John Calipari and Duke’s Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski are able to command salaries as high as those available in the pro ranks. Of the five highest-paid coaches in this year’s tournament, two led their teams to No. 1 seeds in their respective regions, and none ranked lower than a No. 4 seed.
FOX Business breaks down the highest-paid men’s basketball coaches in this year’s NCAA tournament below, based on USA Today’s college sports database.
Bill Self, Kansas (Total pay: $4 million)
Self, 56, won the national championship with Kansas in 2008. This year, he piloted the fourth-seeded Jayhawks to a 25-9 record.
Tony Bennett, Virginia (Total pay: $4.2 million)
Bennett, 49, has led the Cavaliers to four ACC championships since 2014. This year, Virginia is a 1-seed and is looking to make up for a major upset loss in the first round last season.
Tom Izzo, Michigan State (Total pay: $4.2 million)
The longtime Spartans head coach has led the school to seven appearances in the NCAA Final Four and won the national championship in 2000.
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Blue Devils (Total pay: $7.05 million)
The winningest head coach in college basketball history, Coach K has led Duke to five national championships, most recently in 2015.
John Calipari, Kentucky Wildcats (Total pay: $9.3 million)
Calipari led the Wildcats to a national title in 2012 and coached several current NBA stars, including John Wall and Anthony Davis.