College Sports Coaches Salaries Analytical Essay by Nicky

College Sports Coaches Salaries
Analyzes the salaries of college sports team coaches.
# 128092 | 2,267 words | 13 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 29, 2010 in Sport (General) , Business (General)

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This paper discusses the differences in salaries of coaches of major college sports teams in big schools, coaches for major sports in small schools, and coaches for all other types of college sports teams. The author analyzes coaches' salaries across gender, race, and conference and argues that there is a need for change in pay inequity. He posits that the playing field should be more even in Division I football, and that the barriers that have kept minorities and females underrepresented in NCAA coaching ranks need to be removed. The essay concludes with a list suggested implementations for these proposed changes.

Findings About Salaries
Across Gender
Across Race
By Conference
The Need for Change

From the Paper:

"There is a sharp divide in coach salaries in football. Division I is divided into two tiers. In the top tier are the teams in the major conferences. These conferences comprise the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) teams and, along with Notre Dame, account for the top 66 schools. The other conferences contain 54 schools. Division I football is the most lucrative coaching position in college athletics. The average salary is $1.232 million for 2008 (Coaches Hot Seat, 2008). The average coach for a BCS conference school (plus Notre Dame) is $1.874 million. Coaches in non-BCS conferences average $448,055.
"Attempting to analyze these numbers by gender and race is impossible due to insufficient information. There are no female coaches, and out of 119 schools there are only seven black head coaches, as of 2007 (Gray 2007). With 2008 salary numbers, and one coach no longer in his position (Karl Dorrell, ex-UCLA), black coaches average around $1.2 million. This does not appear incongruous given their respective experience and track records."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anastasopolous, Jason. "March Madness: Coach Salaries Predict NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Selection." 2008. (accessed October 11, 2008).
  • Brady, Erik. "Big Gap in Pay for Men's, Women's Lacrosse Coaches." USA Today. May 22, 2008. (accessed October 11, 2008).
  • Coaches Hot Seat. "Coaches Salaries and Contracts." October 2008.
  • Evans, Dave, Coburn Dukehart, and Chad Palmer. "Compensation for Divison I Basketball Coaches." USA Today, 2006.
  • Garber, Greg. "Thanks to Rooney Rule, Doors Opened." ESPN. February 9, 2007. (accessed October 11, 2008).

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