If you can't say anything nice, the best thing is to say nothing at all, or so it would appear.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that New Mexico coach Rocky Long's salary of $440,000 a year is the second-lowest in the nine-team Mountain West Conference. In comparison, new basketball coach Steve Alford just signed a six-year deal for $975,000 a year, more than double Long's salary.
Long was asked if he was being compensated fairly. "I have no comment about that," he said.
The Albuquerque Tribune reports that the university just finished spending more than $3.4 million to hire Alford and assistant Craig Neal, along with new president David Schmidly. And it appears officials didn't even get the domain FireSteveAlford.com, which just sold for $212.50 in an eBay auction.
Long might have allies in the academic community. The average annual salary for a full professor at New Mexico is $92,489.