Chart: Gophers coaches' salaries in football, men's basketball at bottom of Big Ten

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  • Updated: April 17, 2013 - 6:35 AM

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ActTwoApr. 17, 13 8:24 AM

Jerry Kill's salary should be $400,000 this year to pay for his request to get out of the North Carolina game. Instead he will probably get a raise for a victory over Western Illinois or whoever he found to replace them.

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yardboyApr. 17, 13 9:53 AM

The “U” really has not had a good track record when it comes to football and basketball hiring’s, especially in recent years. I don’t know where the real problem lies, but in recent years it appears the U would rather continue to go on the cheap in terms of salary from the start and act surprised with the results they get and fire of the coach. That has resulted in paying multiple head coaches in the same sport (no savings). It seems to me it would be better to set the bar of expectations/salary a little higher to begin with allowing those making the final decisions in a candidate to have the latitude of offering a competitive salary. Maybe we could get a better crop of candidates giving us the potential for better results.

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tbdbitl7881Apr. 17, 1310:11 AM

Actually, I think the numbers are about right for the moment. Coach Kill is in year 3 of a very long 7-year contract; I see no need yet to change the terms of it. Even if he goes 8-5 and .500 in the B1G as I expect, I don't think a raise is called for yet. Such progress is merely showing that he is doing the right things and going in a positive direction. No restructuring or major raises should be discussed for Coach Kill until at least year 5, and then only if he has maintained or continued to better the team as far as wins, bowl placement, and kept up the academic improvements. As for Coach Pitino, he is brand new and largely unproven. His upside is sky-high, but overall improvement must be shown there as well, especially within the B1G. Year 3 minimum would be the best time to talk more money for him with improvement in conference wins and schedule quality. There is no reason to jack up salaries just because the U is at the bottom end.

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dewarfApr. 17, 1310:38 AM

Just where they should be. Kill needs to win at least 4 B1G games this year or Norwood needs to make a move. What I like about our new AD is that he wants excellence, not mediocrity. In the real world, you get paid for results. Both of these coaches have a chance to increase their earnings and status within the conference. But you do so by RECRUITING & WINNING, and doing so CONSISTENTLY. Get some top players, fill the seats, win some games and watch your income increase. As of right now, both are handsomely paid. Go Gophs.

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chuckdancerApr. 17, 13 4:37 PM

Surprising list. Conservative fellows say we should be able to pay much less and still get the top talent. Isn't that how a free market would work? I guess so.

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countryboy82Apr. 24, 1310:04 PM

sports shouldn't even be a part of highschool let alone college. I can't believe one idiot said they should be paying more. 1.2 million/yr for being the head coach of a football or basketball team in college really?!?! This is part of why it costs so much to goto college. Then you take all the scholarships that are given by colleges so that people will come to that school. Where do you think these state universities get all this money? A lot of it is coming out of the taxes that we all pay or it drives the costs of tuition up. STUPID, it's STUPID!

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