In 2009, the University of Kentucky offered John Calipari $4 million a year to coach the Wildcats.
That figure did not include his paid membership to a country club or the $3 million-dollar retention bonus he would be owed if he were still coaching there in 2016.
By comparison, Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun, who's amassed three national titles by shaping a Yankee Conference discard into a national powerhouse, earns $2.3 million a year.
What had Coach Cal done to command such money?
In two prior coaching positions, Calipari had taken both the University of Massachusetts to the Final Four and Memphis to the Finals.
But before the ink was dry on the Kentucky contract, the NCAA vacated both of those appearances due to rules infractions.
That didn't stop Calipari from bringing in a star-studded freshmen class of future NBAers in his first season.
And Kentucky spent that season at, or close to, No. 1, which invited speculation that Kentucky might win it all in 2010.
But the team faltered in the Eastern Regionals, losing to West Virginia.
Despite another treasure trove of recruits last year, Calipari's squad fell short of the title game, losing in the Final Four.
And last summer, Kentucky upped his contract to $36.5 million in the next eight years, making him the highest paid NCAA basketball coach in 2011 according to Forbes.com.
Calipari has no national championship and just one (official) Final Four appearance on his résumé.
Though Kentucky certainly is a basketball powerhouse, it's tough to argue that Calipari is worth as much as Jim Calhoun or Coach K or Jim Boeheim. Or any of the guys who have brought their school a national championship.