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Coaching Division I basketball is a grind. Head coaches watch film, recruit around the clock, draw up game scripts and develop players all in pursuit of a Final Four and national championship.

College basketball coaches don’t deal with nearly the scrutiny college football coaches face. Basketball teams can reload and turn around in a season. Football takes time on the other hand. Sometimes a lot of time. I personally can’t relate as a Nebraska fan.

A deep run in the NCAA Tournament can elevate a coaching resume for consideration at a top program. That’s where the big bucks are made. Blue bloods like the Duke Blue Devils, Kansas Jayhawks, Michigan State Spartans and Kentucky Wildcats pay top dollar for some of the best minds in basketball. They also serve as the CEO of their school’s brand.

USA Today publishes a database dedicated to salaries, bonuses and buyouts. The database hasn’t been updated since March 2021. However, we accommodated for coaching changes and will refresh the exact figures once the database is updated.

Here are the 25 highest-paid men’s basketball coaches for the 2021-22 season, including their salary with pandemic reductions from last year and their record at their current school as of January 18, 2021.

Among the conferences the SEC has seven, the Big 12 has five, the Big Ten has five, the ACC has three, the Pac-12 has three and the Big East has two.

Just missing the cut are South Carolina’s Frank Martin, Arizona’s Tommy Lloyd, Oklahoma’s Porter Moser, Alabama’s Nate Oats, Arkansas’ Eric Musselman and Clemson’s Brad Brownell.

Highest-Paid College Basketball Coaches 2021-22

25. Cuonzo Martin, Missouri

Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin looks on against Kentucky.
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Total Pay: $2.925 million

Record: 73-65

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24. Chris Holtmann, Ohio State

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann gives his team encouragement.
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Total Pay: $2.928 million

Record: 98-48

23. Mike White, Florida

Florida head coach Mike White strategizes against Milwaukee.
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Total pay: $2.939 million

Record: 133-81

22. Mike Woodson, Indiana

Indiana head coach Mike Woodson instructs his team against Notre Dame.
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Total Pay: $3 million

Record: 13-4

21. Dana Altman, Oregon

Oregon head coach Dana Altman brainstorms against USC.
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Total Pay: $3.05 million

Record: 291-116

20. Andy Enfield, USC

USC head coach looks on against Georgia Tech.
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Total Pay: $3.1 million

Record: 171-112

19. Tom Crean, Georgia

Georgia head coach Tom Crean instructs his team against Kentucky.
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Total Pay: $3.2 million

Record: 46-61

18. Scott Drew, Baylor

Baylor head coach Scott Drew celebrates winning the 2021 national championship.
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Total Pay: $3.35 million

Record: 387-217

17. Ed Cooley, Providence

Providence head coach Ed Cooley shouts at his team against St. John's.
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Total Pay: $3.4 million

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Record: 208-137

16. Mick Cronin, UCLA

UCLA head coach Mick Cronin happily reacts againt Marquette.
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Total Pay: $3.6 million

Record: 52-24

15. Bob Huggins, West Virginia

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins watches his team play against Oklahoma State.
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Total Pay: $3.645 million

Record: 323-174

14. Tony Bennett, Virginia

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett coaches against Navy.
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Total Pay: $3.66 million

Record: 305-110

13. Bill Self, Kansas

Kansas head coach Bill Self calls a play against Michigan State.
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Total Pay: $3.661 million

Record: 536-120

12. Jamie Dixon, TCU

TCU head coach Jamie Dixon watches his team against Kansas State.
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Total Pay: $3.67 million

Record: 108-73

11. Brad Underwood, Illinois

Illinois head coach Brad Underwood discusses a call with an official against Minnesota.
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Total Pay: $3.8 million

Record: 84-60

10. Chris Mack, Louisville

Louisville head coach Chris Mack looks on against Southeastern.
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Total Pay: $3.81 million

Record: 67-35

9. Fred Hoiberg, Nebraska

Nebraska head coach Fred Hoiberg directs his team on the sidelines against Indiana.
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Total Pay: $3.9 million

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Record: 20-58

8. Buzz Williams, Texas A&M

Texas A&M head coach Buzz Williams instructs his team Butler.
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Total Pay: $3.9 million

Record: 39-26

7. Bruce Pearl, Auburn

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl shouts at his team against Arkansas.
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Total Pay: $3.98 million

Record: 154-93

6. Tom Izzo, Michigan State

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo shows emotion on the sideline against Penn State.
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Total Pay: $3.984 million

Record: 657-257

5. Rick Barnes, Tennessee

Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes directs his team against Oregon State.
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Total Pay: $4.7 million

Record: 134-78

4. Chris Beard, Texas

Texas head coach Chris Beard instructs his player against West Virginia.
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Total Pay: $5 million

Record: 13-4

3. Jay Wright, Villanova

Villanova head coach Jay Wright calls a play against Creighton.
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Total Pay: $6.1 million

Record: 503-193

2. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski calls a play against Miami.
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Total Pay: $7.04 million

Record: 1,111-304

1. John Calipari, Kentucky

Kentucky head coach John Calipari directs his team against Georgia.
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Total Pay: $8.095 million

Record: 353-96

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Joe Grobeck About the author:
Joe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Austin, Texas. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan.
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