What separates a professional and collegiate athlete is now about as thin as a $1 bill, which is about size slice of pie that collegiate athletes receive in revenue sports. Ongoing is the Ed O’Bannon case against the NCAA regarding if amateur athletes can or will be compensated. Whether the athletes can or should be paid is an ongoing debate. But one thing is certain, collegiate coaches are getting paid.
The LA Times reported yesterday the salaries of USC coaches and athletic director, including former basketball coach Kevin O’Neill, from 2011. Since USC is a private school, they are not required to disclose the salaries of their employees. But USC provided this return from 2011 at the request of the Times.
Former Coach Kevin O’Neill was paid $1.7 million dollars. This will constitute kicking sand on a grave, but despite Kevin O’Neill long coaching resume, most of it included not winning. This was the case at USC. Say what you want about John Calipari making roughly $4 million at Kentucky, and Mike Krzyzewski a little over $2 million at Duke. O’Neill made $1.7 million, which is $283,333 per win, since the Trojans were 6-26 in the 2011-12 season.
O’Neill was fired this year, but these numbers jump out as a example of how broken the system is. Winning or losing O’Neill was guaranteed that money. Win or lose the USC team was not going to be paid in anything other than respect on campus and ridicule nationally.
Also reported was Athletic Director Pat Haden‘s total compensation ($2.2 million), Lane Kiffin‘s ($2.6 million), and assistant Monte Kiffin‘s ($1.8 million). Haden was not the highest paid Athletic Director. According to USA Today. That distinction went to Vanderbilt’s AD David Williams ($3.2 million). Lane and Monte Kiffin are both big name coaches at a big time program, but they also have not had a level of success equal to their compensation. Before being fired, Monte was the highest paid assistant in the nation, and the USC defense was worse since he took over.
But with no Monte or O’Neill, and now Andy Enfield, there is always hope for more highly paid success next year.