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Money Madness: Should NCAA Coaches Make More than College Presidents?
By: Bulldog Reporter
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Did you know the average salary for college head coaches was $823,000 for the 2014-2015 season? As college and university basketball teams head into March Madness on the road to the NCAA Final Four, Americans have weighed in on views about coaches’ salaries.

In a recent survey conducted by Finn Partners, nearly two in three respondents (63 percent) say college and university coaches “should not make more than the presidents” of those institutions. Of those who voice opposition, more than one in three (38 percent) strongly hold this view saying they are “definitely” against higher salaries for coaches.

Percentages change based on the ages of the respondents, with younger Americans less opposed to a pay gap. Nearly four in ten (38 percent) of those between 18 and 44 are more likely to say coaches should make more than college and university presidents, compared to fewer than two in ten (17 percent) of those 45 and above.

Also, Hispanic (47 percent) and African-American (34 percent) respondents are more likely to say they support a higher pay discrepancy between coaches and college or university presidents.

As reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education in May 2014, “It’s no secret that in more than 40 states the highest-paid public employee isn’t the governor or even a university president. It’s a public-college football or basketball coach.” This information comes from The Chronicle’s database on executive compensation at public universities.

“While younger Americans are disproportionately likely to say that college and university coaches should make more than presidents, the vast majority of respondents say this practice is not appropriate,” said Margaret S. Dunning, managing partner at Finn Partners, in a news release. “These findings suggest that Americans still consider academics a priority over athletics on college campuses.”

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