August 31, 2008

Stallings had 10th highest hoops salary in '07

According to a report in the Ottawa Citizen, Vanderbilt head basketball coach Kevin Stallings drew the 10th highest guaranteed salary in college basketball last year. The newspaper lists Stallings' 2007 salary as $1.3 million.

The Citizen does not name a source for the information. A similar report from USA Today does not list private school salaries, but corroborates the public school incomes quoted by The Citizen. According to USA Today's published salary numbers, Stallings' 2007 salary would rank tied for 12th in the NCAA. UCLA head coach Ben Howland also made $1.3 million in 2007, which included $162,000 in non-guaranteed income.

Stallings' 2007 salary may be the most dramatic reflection of the change in Vanderbilt's approach to athletics since the arrival of former chancellor Gordon Gee and acting athletics director David Williams. If accurate, Stallings made more guaranteed income in 2007 than Former national Coach of the Year Eddie Fogler received during his entire four year Vanderbilt coaching tenure. When Fogler left VU for South Carolina in 1993, his salary was reported to be around $250,000.00 per year.

Ironically, first on the 2007 list is former Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith, who was paid nearly $2.1 million. Smith left Kentucky last year and is now the head coach at Minnesota.

Kansas head coach Bill Self, whose Jayhawks won the national championship this past season, was second behind Smith at $1.6 million.

According to these numbers, Stallings' salary ranked him as the third best paid coach in the Southeastern Conference in 2007. Florida's Billy Donovan reportedly made just under $1.4 million in 2007. Billy Gillispie made $1.2 million at Texas A&M before taking over the Kentucky job from Smith last season. Gillispie's contract at UK was reported to include a $2.3 million guaranteed annual salary.

Tennesse head coach Bruce Pearl's 2007 salary was reported to be just under $1.2 million. This past July, Pearl signed a new deal that increases his salary to an average $2.3 million a year.

Alabama's Mark Gottfried is close behind Stallings, making $1,012,000.00 in guaranteed income last season.

Salary is one of several income streams NCAA coaches receive, and is not the full picture of their total compensation. Guaranteed salary figures don't include incentives or perks such as cars, commercial sponsorships, summer instructional clinics, country club memberships and complimentary tickets.

According to the report, two other local NCAA coaches rank near the bottom of the salary list. Tennessee State's Cy Alexander's salary is listed at $125,000. Western Kentucky's Darren Horn made $145,000, just three notches above Alexander. Mike McConathy, head coach at Northwestern State, reportedly draws an NCAA-low $104,300. per year.

Stallings second highest paid private school basketball coach
Vanderbilt, a private university, is not required to publish its employees' compensation information. However, several other private schools did report their coaches' salaries, including Georgetown, Xavier and Gonzaga. All three of their head coaches make less than half of Stallings' reported salary.

Only Tom Crean, head coach at Marquette, drew a higher private school salary than Stallings ($1.63 million). Crean, however, is now the head coach at Indiana.

Four years ago, Vanderbilt and Stallings renegotiated his employment contract, and sources close to the school have said the agreement includes a base salary and many potential performance bonuses. Those bonuses include wins and losses, but also include ticket sales and graduation rates, among others.

Stallings is entering his 10th season at the helm of the Commodore basketball program.

Last year, the Commodore program reached the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, and graduated all of its senior student athletes. Vanderbilt tied for the most wins in regular season history (25), advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year (the first time since 1988-89 that has occurred), and won 10 games in the SEC for the second consecutive season.

Last year Stallings also became only the second Vanderbilt men's basketball coach in school history to record three 20-win seasons. Roy Skinner had six 20-win seasons.

In addition, Stallings coached two SEC Academic Honor Roll members in 2007-08: Ross Neltner and Davis Nwankwo. Stallings has had 25 such members during his nine-year tenure at Vanderbilt.

Reported 2007 salaries from USA Today, in millions:

1. Tubby Smith (Kentucky): $2.19
2. Tom Izzo (Michigan State): $1.8
Thad Matta (Ohio State): $1.8
Rick Barnes (Texas): $1.8
5. Bill Self (Kansas): $1.635
6. Tom Crean (Marquette): $1.63
7. Jim Calhoun (UConn): $1.5
8. Roy Williams (North Carolina): $1.4
Billy Donovan (Florida): $1.4
Lute Olson (Arizona): $1.4
11. John Calipari (Memphis): $1.326 million
12. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt): $1.3
Ben Howland (UCLA): $1.3

Also of note:

Steve Alford (Iowa): $1.26
Mike Krzyzewski (Duke): $1.26
Kelvin Sampson (Indiana): $1.1
Jim Boeheim (Syracuse): $1.09
Mark Few (Gonzaga): $590,000.
John Thompson III (Georgetown): $455,000.
Bruce Webber (Illinois): $900,000.
Sean Miller (Xavier): $329,000.

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