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A salary study of football coaches vs. basketball coaches.

Some schools are undeniably, irrefutably basketball schools and no amount of success on the gridiron will ever change that fact. Duke, North Carolina, Indiana and Kansas fall in that category. Others are the opposite, where their hearts live on fall Saturdays and no number magic March moments can sway them. Alabama, Auburn, Texas and Oklahoma are but a few that reside in that group. But what about the schools in the middle, where they sway back and forth with the seasons and success or lack thereof between sports. Certainly there are other factors, but we decided to take a look to see if they put their money where their mouth is. 

The USA Today research team behind the football coach salary database and the AD salary database are at it again, this time with a salary database of the head coaches of the 68 NCAA Tournament participants. Thirty-eight of those teams happen to be Football Bowl Subdivision members, so we decided to compare the salaries between those schools' head coaches.

Before we get to the study, first let's discuss a few disclaimers. For one, the sample size is obviously small with nearly 70 percent of FBS programs excluded. Second, it's obviously slanted toward basketball. Football heavy-hitters such as Texas, Alabama and LSU missed the tournament so they were excluded from the study. Finally, every situation is different from school to school and coach to coach. Resume, tenure and market factors all come into play when comparing coaches against each other and even more so when you cross sports. 

All football salaries reflect 2012 figures unless the school underwent a coaching change. 

AKRON
Basketball: Keith Dambrot - $426,000
Football: Terry Bowden - $375,000

ARIZONA
Basketball: Sean Miller - $2,518,506
Football: Rich Rodriguez - $1,500,000

BOISE STATE
Football: Chris Petersen - $1,959,833
Basketball: Leon Rice - $440,520

CALIFORNIA
Football: Sonny Dykes - $1,800,000
Basketball: Mike Montgomery - $1,756,500

CINCINNATI
Football: Tommy Tuberville - $2,200,000
Basketball: Mick Cronin - $1,358,500

COLORADO
Football: Mike MacIntyre - $2,000,000
Basketball: Tad Boyle - $597,310

COLORADO STATE
Football: Jim McElwain - $1,350,000
Basketball: Larry Eustachy - $500,000

DUKE
Basketball: Mike Krzyzewski - $7,233,976
Football: David Cutcliffe - $1,788,523

FLORIDA
Basketball: Billy Donovan - $3,689,200
Football: Will Muschamp - $2,474,500

ILLINOIS
Football: Tim Beckman - $1,600,000
Basketball: John Groce - $1,400,000

IOWA STATE
Football: Paul Rhoads - $1,601,550
Basketball: Fred Hoiberg - $1,211,600

KANSAS
Basketball: Bill Self -$4,960,763
Football: Charlie Weis - $2,500,000

KANSAS STATE
Football: Bill Snyder - $2,200,000
Basketball: Bruce Weber - $1,500,000

LOUISVILLE 
Basketball: Rick Pitino - $4,973,343
Football: Charlie Strong - $2,305,000

MEMPHIS
Basketball: Josh Pastner - $1,220,000
Football: Justin Fuente - $903,285

MICHIGAN
Football: Brady Hoke - $3,046,120
Basketball: John Beilein - $1,865,975

MICHIGAN STATE
Basketball: Tom Izzo - $3,745,769
Football: Mark Dantonio - $1,934,250

MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Football: Rick Stockstill - $602,129
Basketball: Kermit Davis - $304,000

MINNESOTA
Basketball: Tubby Smith - $2,215,769
Football: Jerry Kill - $1,200,000

MISSOURI
Football: Gary Pinkel - $2,700,000
Basketball: Frank Haith - $1,650,000

NEW MEXICO
Basketball: Steve Alford - $1,247,700
Football: Bob Davie - $706,000

NEW MEXICO STATE
Basketball: Marvin Menzies - $433,868
Football: Doug Martin - N/A (DeWayne Walker made $382,260)

NORTH CAROLINA
Football: Larry Fedora - $2,448,605
Basketball: Roy Williams - $1,773,938

N.C. STATE
Basketball: Mike Gottfried - $1,950,000
Football: Dave Doeren - $1,800,000

NOTRE DAME
Football: Brian Kelly - $2,424,301
Basketball: Mike Brey - $616,843

OHIO STATE
Football: Urban Meyer - $4,300,000
Basketball: Thad Matta - $3,194,000

OKLAHOMA
Football: Bob Stoops - $4,550,000
Basketball: Lon Kruger - $2,100,000

OKLAHOMA STATE
Football: Mike Gundy - $3,275,000
Basketball: Travis Ford - $2,275,000

OLE MISS
Football: Hugh Freeze - $1,505,500
Basketball: Andy Kennedy - $1,306,000

OREGON
Football: Mark Helfrich - $1,800,000
Basketball: Dana Altman - $1,800,000

PITTSBURGH
Basketball: Jamie Dixon - $1,830,176
Football: Paul Chryst - N/A

SAN DIEGO STATE
Basketball: Steve Fisher - $857,500
Football: Rocky Long - $802,600

SYRACUSE
Basketball: Jim Boeheim - $1,905,576
Football: Scott Shafer - N/A (Doug Marrone made just over $1.2 million in 2012)

TEMPLE
Basketball: Fran Dunphy - $724,557
Football: Matt Rhule - N/A

UCLA
Basketball: Ben Howland - $2,250,000
Football: Jim Mora - $1,935,000

UNLV
Basketball: Dave Rice - $765,954
Football: Bobby Hauck - $500,900

WESTERN KENTUCKY
Football: Bobby Petrino - $850,000
Basketball: Ray Harper - $377,000

WISCONSIN
Basketball: Bo Ryan - $2,350,750
Football: Gary Andersen - $1,800,000

Conclusion

Our numbers indicate a tight race, with football taking 18, basketball with 15 to go with one tie and four incompletes. For the most part, basketball tended to win at schools with big-name coaches (Duke, Kansas, Michigan State, Louisville), at hardwood-heavy schools with down-trodden football programs (Memphis, UNLV), at schools with freshly-hired football coaches (N.C. State, Wisconsin) or a combination of all three (New Mexico). 

Basketball salaries were also more volitaile - 13 coaches made more than $2 million, eight coaches made less than $700,000 - than football, where no one makes Coach K money but only three coaches earned under $700,000.

Here are a few trends:

High-rollers club. Schools that paid both head coaches $2 million or more include Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. 

Six-figures club. Schools that paid both coaches less than $1 million include Akron (whose coaches don't reach $1 million combined), San Diego State, UNLV and Western Kentucky. 

Income inequality: Schools that pay one coach two-and-a-half times or more than his counterpart include Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, Duke and Notre Dame. 

 

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