Several websites reported that Florida Gators basketball coach Billy Donovan was offered over 3 million dollars to coach at St. Johns, though he turned the potential offer down. $3 million. This number astonishes me, though maybe I’m just ignorant of coaching salaries because according to the Palm Beach Post News, Donovan already makes $3.5 million.
Now I’m not really comfortable saying that Donovan or any other coach for that matter doesn’t have the right to make as much money as he or she possibly can, but what moral or ethical obligation to public universities have in this? Isn’t there a point where, as a university, you say, OK this is basketball/football and our role is to educate students. At what point do you say, this is a little absurd or ridiculous?
And coaching salaries aren’t the only place where things seem backwards–NFL/NBA salaries in comparison to teachers. Again, not the players fault, it’s that we value entertainment (And apparently we like crappy entertainment: evidence=Kesha). How do we change this?
Go Panthers 🙂