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Win a title, get rich

Posted on: August 6, 2008 9:57 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2008 10:43 pm

LOS ANGELES -- How much did Mario's Miracle make Bill Self?

The answer is an extra $1.39 million per year, plus seven additional years of contract security.

"It turned out pretty well," Self said Wednesday, and  I think I agree. The 45 year-old went from a man with a thee-year, $1.61 million contract (and a man who some Kansas fans believed would never get past the Elite Eight) to a man with a 10-year, $30 million contract that puts him not too far behind the nation's highest-paid coach, Florida's Billy Donovan, who makes $3.5 million per season.

Meantime, I think I've found the secret to ridiculous wealth:

Step 1: Recruit like crazy.

Step 2: Win a national title.

Step 3: Entertain interest from a rival school with an opening.

Step 4: Reject the rival school, proclaim your love for your current job and, yeah, keep recruiting like crazy.

Step 5: Count your Benjamins!

Seriously, the rises of Donovan and Self are pretty similar.

Both were (unfairly, I think) labeled "great recruiters/questionable coaches" up until the point they were literally cutting down national title nets. Donovan lost in the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament five straight years before winning the 2005-06 championship and Self had fallen in the first round in two of the three previous seasons before winning the 2007-08 title.

Some weren't happy with those results, and they voiced their opinions on radio shows and message boards.

But suddenly it all clicked and the reputations of Donovan and Self changed drastically.

Then their savings accounts changed drastically, too.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2008 1:43 pm

Win a title, get rich

College coaches especially Billy Donovan have it good.  All you have to do is have boosters pay players then you win and keep your job forever.  Billy Donovan figured real quick the pros is another world and he went back to Florida and QUIT on the Magic just like Nick Saban QUIT on the Dolphins.  How ironic someone who preaches to never quit ends up a real quitter at heart!!!  And they wonder why players don't listen to coaches, because they are hypocritical quitter.

Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2008 6:32 pm

Win a title, get rich


Who says you need to WIN ?

New Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford will receive $1.3 million a year for seven years.

Travis Ford's UMass Resume

0 NCAA Appearances

0 A-10 Championship Wins

0 4-5 Star Recruits Signed


Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2008 4:13 pm

Win a title, get rich

That is absurd iama.....First, the fact that Self recruits and land McDonald's All-American after McDonald's All American goes to the point of why he is an insane coach.  Recruiting is probably 80% of being a good college coach in the first place.  Second, regardless of where the Florida players were ranked coming out of high school, three of them were lottery picks and five got drafted.  So, needless to say, Billy had NBA level talent everywhere. 

Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2008 2:09 pm

Win a title, get rich

I don't think Bill Self deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Billy...Billy won back to back national titles, and while he may have flamed out early on for a few years in a row, he also went to a National Title game back in self got McDonald's All American after McDonalds All American...I don't think one guy on that roster Florida had for the National Title runs was ranked higher than 60th in his class...

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2008 9:21 am

Win a title, get rich

There were 8 Knicks players who made more than that last year, including 20 mill for Marbury who didn't play much, 14 for Randolph, 9 for Curry, etc.

Basketball is big business.  If Quentin Richardson can get 9 million, three million for the best college coaches is easily justifiable, especially when you realize the college basketball is closer to a professional sport than it is to its contemparies on the rowing team.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2008 4:58 am

Win a title, get rich

Wow 3 Mil a year for a college head basketball coach. That's insane. But good for Coach Crean.

Anyways, check out my website

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2008 12:00 am

Win a title, get rich

Gary, I hope Tom Crean is able to complete steps 1 and 2 at IU! He can skip step 3 and and I think he has step 5 covered already with a 10-year, $2M+ contract. Of course if he can do step 2 that will probably get bumped.

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