The 25 Highest-Paid Coaches in College Basketball
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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 in pursuit of a 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. Here are the 25 highest-paid men’s basketball coaches for the 2019-20 season, including their salary this year, and their record at their current school. Just missing the cut are Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann, South Carolina’s Frank Martin, Maryland’s Mark Turgeon, Illinois’ Brad Underwood, and Missouri’s Cuonzo Martin.

Highest-Paid College Basketball Coaches 2019-20

25. Dana Altman, Oregon

Total Pay: $3.1 million

Record: 259-103

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24. Mark Few, Gonzaga

Total Pay: $3.191 million

Record: 599-124

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23. Tom Crean, Georgia

Total Pay: $3.2 million

Record: 27-37

Tom Crean
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22. Sean Miller, Arizona

Total Pay: $3.248 million

Record: 285-100

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21. Lon Kruger, Oklahoma

Total Pay: $3.3 million

Record: 179-117

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20. Archie Miller, Indiana

Total Pay: $3.3 million

Record: 55-43

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19. Shaka Smart, Texas

Total Pay: $3.31 million


Record: 90-78

Shaka Smart, Texas
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18. Tony Bennett, Virginia

Total Pay: $3.3075 million

Record: 277-96

Tony Bennett
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17. Scott Drew, Baylor

Total Pay: $3.308 million

Record: 344-213

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16. Jamie Dixon, TCU

Total Pay: $3.423 million

Record: 84-57

Jamie Dixon, TCU
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15. Gregg Marshall, Wichita State

Total Pay: $3.6 million

Record: 331-121

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14. Larry Krystkowiak, Utah

Total Pay: $3.763million

Record: 171-126

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13. Bruce Pearl, Auburn

Total Pay: $3.840 million

Record: 125-78

Bruce Pearl
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12. Buzz Williams, Texas A&M

Total Pay: $3.843 million

Record: 16-14

Buzz Williams Texas A&M
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11. Bob Huggins, West Virginia

Total Pay: $3.965 million

Record: 291-161

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10. Bill Self, Kansas

Total Pay: $3.986 million


Record: 501-109

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9. Chris Mack, Louisville

Total Pay: $4.067 million

Record: 44-21

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8. Roy Williams, North Carolina

Total Pay: $4.102 million

Record: 467-152

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7. Tom Izzo, Michigan State

Total Pay: $4.191 million

Record: 628-241

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6. Jay Wright, Villanova

Total Pay: $4.410 million

Record: 472-182

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5. Chris Beard, Texas Tech

Total Pay: $4.443 million

Record: 94-44

Chris Beard
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4. Rick Barnes, Tennessee

Total Pay: $4.7 million

Record: 105-64

Rick Barnes
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3. Mick Cronin, UCLA

Total Pay: $5.5 million

Record: 19-12

2. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke

Total Pay: $7.257 million

Record: 1,084-291

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1. John Calipari, Kentucky

Total Pay: $8.158 million


Record: 330-77

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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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