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Kansas coach Bill Self calls out a play at the 2022 Big 12 basketball tournament.
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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. Thanks to them, here are the 25 highest-paid men’s basketball coaches for the 2021-22 season, including their salary and their record at their current school as of March 15, 2022. And yes, this list includes some coaches who have left their post, but if they coached a game this season, they’re eligible for inclusion.

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

Missing the top 25 are notable names such as South Carolina‘s Frank Martin, Arizona‘s Tommy Lloyd, Oklahoma‘s Porter Moser, Alabama‘s Nate Oats, Purdue’s Matt Painter, Florida‘s Mike White, Indiana‘s Mike Woodson, Ohio State‘s Chris Holtmann, Georgia‘s Tom Crean, North Carolina‘s Hubert Davis, Utah’s Craig Smith, Missouri‘s Cuonzo Martin, Texas Tech‘s Mark Adams and Clemson‘s Brad Brownell.

Highest-Paid College Basketball Coaches 2021-22

25. Chris Collins, Northwestern

Northwestern head coach Chris Collins instructs his team from the sidelines.
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Total Pay: $3.262 million

Record: 133-150

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24. Mark Turgeon, Maryland

Maryland's Mark Turgeon coaches his team against George Mason.
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Total Pay: $3.316 million

Record: 226-116

23. Andy Enfield, USC

USC head coach looks on against Georgia Tech.
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Total pay: $3.354 million

Record: 183-117

22. Ed Cooley, Providence

Providence head coach Ed Cooley shouts at his team against St. John's.
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Total Pay: $3.451 million

Record: 219-140

21. Fred Hoiberg, Nebraska

Nebraska head coach Fred Hoiberg directs his team on the sidelines against Indiana.
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Total Pay: $3.5 million

Record: 24-67

20. Brad Underwood, Illinois

Illinois head coach Brad Underwood discusses a call with an official against Minnesota.
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Total Pay: $3.5 million

Record: 93-65

19. Juwan Howard, Michigan

Michigan head coach Juwan Howard calls out a play against Wisconsin.
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Total Pay: $3.5 million

Record: 59-31

18. Scott Drew, Baylor

Baylor head coach Scott Drew celebrates winning the 2021 national championship.
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Total Pay: $3.51 million

Record: 398-221

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17. Jeff Capel, Pittsburgh

Pitsburgh head coach Jeff Capel thinks strategy against Pittsburgh.
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Total Pay: $3.53 million

Record: 51-69

16. Tony Bennett, Virginia

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Total Pay: $3.65 million

Record: 314-116

15. Mick Cronin, UCLA

UCLA head coach Mick Cronin happily reacts againt Marquette.
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Total Pay: $3.7 million

Record: 66-29

14. Dana Altman, Oregon

Oregon head coach Dana Altman brainstorms against USC.
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Total Pay: $3.76 million

Record: 299-124

13. Bruce Pearl, Auburn

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl coaches against Kentucky.
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Total Pay: $3.825 million

Record: 165-97

12. Buzz Williams, Texas A&M

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Total Pay: $4 million

Record: 47-36

11. Eric Musselman, Arkansas

ERic Musselman instructs his team against Vanderbilt.
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Total Pay: $4 million

Record: 70-27

10. Bob Huggins, West Virginia

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins watches his team play against Oklahoma State.
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Total Pay: $4.15 million

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Record: 326-188

9. Jamie Dixon, TCU

TCU head coach Jamie Dixon watches his team against Kansas State.
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Total Pay: $4.348 million

Record: 116-83

8. Chris Mack, Louisville

Louisville head coach Chris Mack looks on against Southeastern.
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Total Pay: $4.352 million

Record: 39-26

7. Rick Barnes, Tennessee

Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes directs his team against Oregon State.
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Total Pay: $5.2 million

Record: 149-80

6. Chris Beard, Texas

Texas head coach Chris Beard instructs his player against West Virginia.
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Total Pay: $5.255 million

Record: 21-11

5. Jay Wright, Villanova

Villanova head coach Jay Wright calls a play against Creighton.
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Total Pay: $6.192 million

Record: 516-196

4. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski calls a play against Miami.
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Total Pay: $7.353 million

Record: 1,125-308

3. Tom Izzo, Michigan State

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo shows emotion on the sideline against Penn State.
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Total Pay: $8.341 million

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Record: 655-266

2. John Calipari, Kentucky

Kentucky head coach John Calipari directs his team against Georgia.
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Total Pay: $8.602 million

Record: 365-100

1. Bill Self, Kansas

Kansas head coach Bill Self calls a play against Michigan State.
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Total Pay: $10.184 million

Record: 550-124

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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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