USA TODAY recently released an article listing the salaries of each men's basketball head coach in the 2012 NCAA tournament, and the yearly numbers range from $87,500 to $5.4 million.
Sure, coaches are valued beyond the on-court results. They're seen as ambassadors of the schools, but ultimately, their compensation is based on the hope of hardwood excellence.
The Big Ten has six coaches in the top 15 salaries, but a pair of Southeastern skippers have the thickest wallets.
Which coaches earned their hefty allowances? Here are the final grades of the 2011-2012 season for the 15 richest coaches in college basketball.