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“Front Porch” Politics: Why College Coaching Salaries Continue to Skyrocket

Academia still hasn’t resolved a major philosophical and moral question

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The Biggest Hoosier

The Biggest Hoosier

Crean was in the second year of his contract at Indiana. His base salary for the 2009-10 season was $2,080,000; Ostrom, in her 35th year teaching at Indiana, made $167,018. Now in his sixth season, Crean has a 101-98 overall record with the Hoosiers. According to his contract, a copy of which was obtained through an open records request to Indiana University’s Office of General Counsel, Crean makes $600,000 in base salary.

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Kentucky Basketball: Millionaire Heaven

Kentucky Basketball: Millionaire Heaven

Calipari and Kentucky were brought together at last. His new contract, according to university documents, included a country club membership, two new cars, event tickets, and $31.65 million (this sum does not include performance based bonuses) over the course of eight years. Calipari also signed a two year extension to the contract that keeps him in Kentucky until 2019 with similar incentives.

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Making Dollars and “Sense” at Duke

Making Dollars and “Sense” at Duke

In the fall of 1968, Duke’s Academic Council—the university’s equivalent of a faculty senate—convened an ad hoc committee to explore the financial and moral well-being of the school’s athletic program. The inquiry arose from concerns over the athletic department’s $500,000 annual deficit, but its goals were loftier. “We hoped we could reconstitute athletics to be what it could be, [so it] would not dominate the scene like it does today,” says retired Duke Sociology professor Jack Preiss, who was among the committee’s five members.

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Donovan’s Contract: Peer Pressure?

Donovan’s Contract: Peer Pressure?

Although a loss to eventual tournament champion Connecticut during this year’s NCAA Final Four ended the top-seeded Gators’ season abruptly, the regular season was a success. It included a record for longest winning streak in UF history (30 games), another for most wins in a season by any Florida team, and only the second most in the SEC (36 games), and the feat of becoming the first Southeastern Conference team to complete an 18-0 regular season.

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Louisville’s President Confronts Athletic Realities

Louisville’s President Confronts Athletic Realities

Less than a mile from the medical school in downtown Louisville is the newly built KFC Yum! Center: an estimated $238 million dollar arena, home of college basketball’s most valuable team worth $39.5 million, according to Forbes magazine. Inside, the arena boasts 72 luxury suites that cost from $75,000 to $95,000, four meeting rooms with a total square footage of 33,926, and a seating capacity for more than 22,000.

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Reaching His First “Summitt”

Reaching His First “Summitt”

Tyler Summitt, the son of now-retired Tennessee women’s Hall of Fame basketball coach Pat Summitt, became the head coach for the Louisiana Tech women’s basketball team on April 2, 2014. At 23, Summitt is the youngest head coach in Louisiana Tech’s history. He is the sixth person to hold that position since the program’s inaugural season in 1974.

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The Preppy Pipeline

The Preppy Pipeline

How basketball prospered at a tiny Connecticut boarding school

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Their Championship Season

Their Championship Season

The Nazareth girl’s basketball team had a rocky road to the state championship.

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