College Basketball Coaches Next in Line for a Big-Money Contract Extension
College basketball players might not get paid, but their coaches sure do.
Kentucky recently signed John Calipari to a seven-year, $52 million extension. Virginia locked up Tony Bennett for seven years at $1.924 million per season. Billy Donovan added another three years to his contract with Florida, bringing his salary up to $3.7 million for the next six years.
Everywhere we look, it seems another coach is inking a long-term, multimillion-dollar contract.
So who's next on the list?
After removing coaches over the age of 60 and those who are already signed to long-term deals, we're left with these seven candidates for a huge windfall of cash in the near future.
Rick Barnes, Texas
Less than five months ago, Texas newspapers were wondering if Rick Barnes was even worthy of maintaining his job.
After a great finish to the 2013-14 season and the signing of top recruit Myles Turner, it shouldn't be long before those same people are begging to have Barnes extended beyond 2016-17.
The complaints about Barnes were pretty justified. The Longhorns suffered more losses in the 2012-13 season than they had since 1984. It was their 10th consecutive season without a Final Four banner, and the vast majority of those years were spent watching Kansas win conference championships hand over fist.
The closer Kevin Durant came to an NBA title, the more inexcusable it became that Barnes couldn't even coach Durant to a Sweet 16.
But he turned things around admirably and rapidly.
He may not get a lucrative extension this offseason, but he certainly will if Texas finally puts an end to Kansas' run of Big 12 titles.
Johnny Dawkins, Stanford
Like Barnes at Texas, it felt like Johnny Dawkins had been on the hot seat at Stanford for years before finally breaking through with something promising this past season.
The Cardinal not only made it to the tournament for the first time in Dawkins' six-year career, but they also pulled off a pair of upsets in advancing to the Sweet 16.
Two years ago, Andy Enfield turned a pair of Florida Gulf Coast upsets into a six-year deal at USC.
Saul Phillips led North Dakota State to one upset in the 2014 tournament, and now he's the highest-paid coach in the MAC.
If Stanford isn't satisfied enough with Dawkins' work to lock him down with another long-term contract, you better believe some other school would be.
Mark Few, Gonzaga
Mark Few's situation is a strange one.
Few has led Gonzaga to 15 consecutive NCAA tournaments since becoming the head coach before the 1999-00 season.
However, he has yet to get the Bulldogs to the Elite Eight.
Whether it's a hometown discount or a penalty for failing to make any deep tournament runs, it definitely feels like the 51-year-old isn't being fairly compensated compared to his peers.
When Jeff Goodman was writing for CBSSports.com, he argued that Few would never leave Gonzaga, saying it was the perfect job in the perfect place for a contented man.
He's probably right, but Gonzaga would be wise to give him a long overdue raise, anyway.
Tommy Amaker, Harvard
Before Tommy Amaker, Harvard was a joke.
From 1946-2009, the Crimson failed to make the NCAA tournament. The most games they won in a single season during that stretch was 17.
So, naturally, they're 117-35 over the past five seasons.
Not only has Harvard been in three straight NCAA tournaments, but the Crimson have served as one of the most noteworthy Cinderella teams in each of the past two years.
And yet, Amaker only made $700,000 during the 2012-13 season, per Brian Warner of Celebrity Networth, and was one of the most frequently mentioned names in water cooler conversations about Boston College's head coaching vacancy a few months ago.
If Harvard isn't smart enough to sign him to a long-term deal as soon as possible, it's only a matter of time before another school does.
Dave Rose, BYU
When Dave Rose took over at BYU nine years ago, the Cougars were coming off a nine-win season.
Despite Rose dealing with a cancer diagnosis over the past few years, they have won at least 20 games in every year since then.
During his tenure, he has coached outstanding players such as Jimmer Fredette, Brandon Davies and Tyler Haws. Not one of those eventual studs was very highly rated initially by scouts.
Rose either has an eye for talent that others fail to see, an ability to bring out the best in players or a little bit of both. Either way, there's no denying that he has been an outstanding hire for BYU.
Having signed a five-year deal after the 2010-11 season, he is signed through 2015-16. Health permitting, expect to see the Cougars add a few more years to that deal in the near future.
Tim Miles, Nebraska
After rebuilding Colorado State into a tournament-worthy team, Nebraska gave Tim Miles a seven-year contract prior to the start of the 2012-13 season.
Considering how quickly he got the Cornhuskers back to the tournament for the first time in more than 15 years, it wouldn't be a surprise if he gets a sizable raise before the end of the summer.
His starting salary of $1.4 million is certainly nothing to sneeze at, but it isn't exactly a king's ransom, either.
Schools have offered nearly double that amount for coaches they're hoping can turn around a flailing program. And most of those coaches aren't cool enough to tweet during halftime of their own games.
Derek Kellogg, Massachusetts
Two years ago, Massachusetts signed Derek Kellogg to an extension through the 2016-17 season.
A few months ago, he was linked as a possible candidate for the South Florida head coaching vacancy.
Granted, having one's name mentioned in a job search doesn't necessarily mean one is searching for a new job (see: Marshall, Gregg). But that he was even mentioned in the rumors is a testament to the fact that he deserves more money.
For the first time in 15 years, Massachusetts was ranked in the AP Top 25 this past season. And for the first time in 16 years, the Minutemen earned a spot in the NCAA tournament.
His first couple of seasons at the helm were rocky, but the 40-year-old could be one more successful season away from becoming a red-hot commodity.