The Most Overpai...Of the 38 Division I coaches earning at least $1 million annually, these 10 have produced the least for the buck. Rankings are based on measuring salary against points coaches are rewarded for their Division I winning percentage, service time, NCAA tournament appearances, Final Four appearances and national titles. To even out disparities in coaching tenures, tournament appearances are measured against total seasons, and Final Four appearances are measured against total tournament appearances. Bonus points are awarded for a national championship.
*salary sources: USA Today, various published reports
10. Trent Johnso...Louisiana State University Salary: $1.5 million $/pt.: $14,946 Seasons: 12 Winning Pct.: .550 Tournament appearances: 4 Final Fours: 0 Titles: 0 Johnson became a hot property after leading the University of Nevada to the Sweet Sixteen in 2004. He eventually parlayed a solid (80-48) run at Stanford into a nice contract offer from LSU, where he had an excellent debut season but has stumbled badly (22-40) since.
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9. Leonard Hamil...Florida State University Salary: $1.6 million $/pt.: $15,108 Seasons: 23 Winning Pct.: .545 Tournament appearances: 6 Final Fours: 0 Titles: 0 An extension after the 2009 season, during which he led the Seminoles to a 25-10 record, nearly doubled Hamilton's salary. But consider the so-so overall record: 374-326 at Oklahoma State, Miami and Florida State, a run that includes losing records in both Big East and ACC play.
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8. Anthony GrantUniversity of Alabama Salary: $1.8 million $/pt.: $15,852 Seasons: 5 Winning Pct.: .686 Tournament appearances: 2 Final Fours: 0 Titles: 0 He may well take off, but right now Grant brings a thin résumé alongside many longtime proven coaches that earn less. Grant was the prototypical "hot assistant" a few years ago after helping Billy Donovan lead Florida to the 2006 NCAA title. A terrific three-year head coaching run at Virginia Commonwealth (76-25) landed him the Alabama job, where he's 38-26 in two seasons.
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7. Tony BennettUniversity of Virginia Salary: $1.7 million $/pt.: $15,928 Seasons: 5 Winning Pct.: .617 Tournament appearances: 2 Final Fours: 0 Titles: 0 Bennett walked out on Washington State a year after signing a lucrative contract extension, his reward for taking the Cougars to the 2008 Sweet Sixteen. He's just 31-30 so far at Virginia, including 12-20 in ACC play.
6. Jeff CapelUniversity of Oklahoma Salary: $1.7 million $/pt.: $16,388 Seasons: 9 Winning Pct.: .614 Tournament appearances: 3 Final Fours: 0 Titles: 0 Sometimes that one great recruit can really pay off--Capel got a seven-year extension after superstar Blake Griffin led the Sooners to the 2009 Elite Eight. But he was just let go by Oklahoma after going 27-36 since then.
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5. Bill SelfUniversity of Kansas Salary: $3 million $/pt.: $16,451 Seasons: 18 Winning Pct.: .744 Tournament appearances: 13 Final Fours: 1 Titles: 1 A late scramble by Self's Jayhawks led to an upset of Calipari's Memphis Tigers in the 2008 national title game. Presto--a 10-year, $30 million extension. Self's career body of work is comparable to those of West Virginia's Bob Huggins and Ohio State's Thad Matta, both of whom make significantly less.
4. Billy DonovanUniversity of Florida Salary: $3.3 million $/pt.: $16,562 Seasons: 17 Winning Pct.: .703 Tournament appearances: 11 Final Fours: 3 Titles: 2 Clearly one of college basketball's top coaches, Donovan's salary is nonetheless outsized compared with those of similar accomplishments, a list that includes Tubby Smith and Gary Williams. Donovan's NBA flirtation with the Orlando Magic obviously didn't hurt his paycheck.
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3. Oliver Purnel...DePaul University Salary: $1.8 million $/pt.: $16,961 Seasons: 23 Winning Pct.: .570 Tournament appearances: 6 Final Fours: 0 Titles: 0 A decent run during his last three years at Clemson (68-30) got Purnell a lucrative offer from DePaul, a school desperate to start making some noise in the Big East.
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2. Travis FordOklahoma St. University Salary: $1.8 million $/pt.: $19,108 Seasons: 11 Winning Pct.: .559 Tournament appearances: 3 Final Fours: 0 Titles: 0 Ford has turned in losing records in five of his 11 Division I seasons.
1. John CalipariUniversity of Kentucky Salary: $4 million $/point: $22,262 Seasons: 19 Winning Pct.: .769 Tournament appearances: 13 Final Fours: 2 Titles: 0 Calipari is a top 12 coach, but a salary that leads all of college basketball--ahead of Roy Williams, Jim Calhoun and Rick Pitino, among others--is out of whack.
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Highest-Paid Col...According to a recent study by USA Today 32 Division I college basketball coaches earn seven figures annually. To see the 10 that lead the pack, click here.