Little wonder that Americans think spending on college sports is out of control. California coach Jeff Tedford, for example, had a .500 team in 2007 that earned a berth to the insignificant Armed Forces Bowl, where it squeaked past Air Force, 42-36, to finish 7-6.
Despite the disappointing season, Tedford cashed in, earning $2.8 million.
Back in Berkeley, the university continued its struggles to maintain academic programs.
Daniel Borenstein of the Contra Costa Times writes:
"Yet, the university continues to subsidize intercollegiate sports at Cal, last year by $6.4 million.
"If athletic departments can afford such rich salaries, perhaps it's time to eliminate the subsidy, or even reverse the flow and use some of the sports profits to offset the cost of badly needed programs elsewhere on campus.
"The subsidy, for example, could pay for roughly 45 full-time Cal instructors."
Although Tedford is the highest-paid employee in California's educational system, he has friends at the top. Ben Howland, UCLA basketball coach, pulled in $1.41 million in 2007. Ben Braun, former Cal basketball coach, had a salary of $1.07 million. And Karl Dorrell, ousted as UCLA football coach, had a salary of $961,687. The four were the top earners in the California system.
Thanks to Image of Sport.