When it comes to college basketball coaching salaries, there’s John Calipari and then there’s everyone else.
The Kentucky coach is far and away the highest-paid coach in college basketball, coming in at more than $2 million more per year than Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.
On Tuesday, USA TODAY updated its coaching salary database, and as you can see below, Coach Cal makes more than $6 million more per season than the next highest-paid SEC coach:
- John Calipari, Kentucky — $9,276,643
- Rick Barnes, Tennessee — $3,250,000
- Tom Crean, Georgia — $3,200,000
- Avery Johnson, Alabama — $3,062,000
- Frank Martin, South Carolina — $2,950,000
- Cuonzo Martin, Mizzou — $2,800,000
- Mike White, Florida — $2,612,758
- Bruce Pearl, Auburn — $2,600,000
- Mike Anderson, Arkansas — $2,550,000
- Will Wade, LSU — $2,500,000
- Kermit Davis, Ole Miss — $2,500,000
- Billy Kennedy, Texas A&M — $2,454,000
- Ben Howland, Mississippi State — $2,200,000
- Bryce Drew, Vanderbilt — $2,047,142
On a national scale, though, the SEC basketball salaries are improving, which may explain the conference’s resurgence in the sport lately.