Northwestern (6-2) goes to play Auburn (6-4) within the Citrus Bowl on New 12 months’s Day, which supplies us a pleasant springboard into the school soccer racket.
Begin with this: 10 days in the past, Auburn paid coach Gus Malzahn a reported $21.7 million to go away. Learn that once more.
Then bear in mind No. 14 Northwestern misplaced 22-10 to No. 3 Ohio State this Saturday. If the Wildcats had received that Massive Ten title sport, there is perhaps some of us yelling for the mighty Purple to be within the Faculty Soccer Playoff, with the spot Ohio State now has in opposition to No. 2 Clemson. (Followers yell about a lot much less, you already know.)
Then think about that Ohio State has 4 assistant coaches making greater than $1 million a yr. Learn that once more. We aren’t speaking concerning the head coach.
That man, Ohio State’s second-year chief, Ryan Day, makes $5.75 million this yr. Effectively, subtract a ‘‘pandemic discount’’ of round $200,000 from his revenue. However jack it up once more by the $400,000 or thereabouts he will get for making the playoff. Plus a bump if his group wins the title sport.
There are much more money surprises on the market for Day, just like the contents of grownup Easter eggs, such because the $150,000 he will get paid if his group ever has a cumulative 3.5 GPA. (That entitlement has lengthy been considered one of my favorites — gamers examine; the coach earnings.)
Cash goes far and wide at OSU, besides, in fact, to the gamers. What they get now, the identical as Northwestern’s gamers, to a lesser diploma, is the possibility to carry out on TV, entertain hundreds of thousands of viewers, threat damage and probably get or unfold a harmful virus within the midst of a pandemic.
However the coaches? Hello-yo, Silver!
Even Buckeyes energy coach Mickey Marotti is a rich man. In keeping with a USA At the moment report, he makes $787,000 a yr. And energy coaches are guys we used to name ‘‘meatheads.’’
However sufficient about Ohio State. Only one thing more, typically.
Please understand how a lot these coaches do not need their groups to lose. To them, Johnny Wideout isn’t a ‘‘student-athlete.’’ He’s a meal ticket. An enormous, ornate, Crystal-infused mega-meal.
This goes for all big-time coaches. Superb, however at the very least 32 offensive line coaches — the lads who inform fats youngsters how one can block —make $390,000 or extra.
Sure, Northwestern is in on the cash, too. And why not?
Certainly, if there’s any fairness in big-time, unpaid-worker faculty soccer, it is perhaps that in Evanston, if you happen to can work towards the diploma you need, then graduate, the worth of your scholarship is about $76,000 a yr. That’s if you happen to’d be paying full freight, in fact, which solely wealthy college students do.
At Auburn, a scholarship is much less of a deal — $32,000 a yr for in-state college students — however nonetheless one thing. The purpose is the deal’s not granted in cash, coach-style, simply in providers.
However as a result of not as a lot is predicted on the sphere from Northwestern athletes — perhaps the expectation of studious habits is why not one of the gamers has but needed to quarantine due to COVID-19, whereas Ohio State had 22 gamers out Saturday — profitable massive video games is nearly surprising.
Coach Pat Fitzgerald already makes greater than $5 million a yr, and now he’s being courted closely by different faculties and the NFL, fists waving with money. You possibly can nearly assure that if the Cats whip unranked Auburn, he’ll be able to pursue the actually massive cash.
In spite of everything, due to NU’s enchancment in sports activities — with out the scandals that sometimes accompany such success — extremely revered longtime athletic director Jim Phillips shall be leaving quickly to grow to be commissioner of the ACC.
It’s not like Phillips was making peanuts at NU, both. His $2 million-plus wage was the very best for ADs within the Massive Ten. However he’ll do method higher in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Again to the unique level. Fired coach Malzahn had led Auburn to the nationwide title sport in January 2014. In 2017, his group beat two No. 1 groups, Georgia and Alabama. In eight years, Malzahn by no means had a dropping season.
However what had he carried out for Auburn these days? Apparently not sufficient.
Kevin Steele is the college’s interim coach till a brand new man is picked. Which can be for gazillions. We’re speaking SEC soccer right here, of us, so nothing’s regular.
However the Massive Ten’s not a beggar’s cup for coaches, both.
You’d wish to assume the Citrus Bowl expertise is about enjoyable and video games.
How does cash sound as an alternative?
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