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College Coaches' Big Perks: What Constitutes Crossing the Line

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 26:  Head Coach John Calipari of the Memphis Tigers adjusts his team against the Missouri Tigers in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the University of Phoenix Stadium on March 26, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Tobias FunkeContributor IAugust 25, 2009

It's no secret that college coaches enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. The ones from major programs get paid the big bucks to bring in the big recruits. But it's not all about the money.

New Kentucky Coach John Calipari may be in the middle of controversy right now, but you can bet that he's not sweating it out too much when he's chilling at the country club that he has free membership to. Or maybe he can find a way to forget about it all when he's driving one of his two luxury cars that UK has provided for him.

Nick Saban is the highest paid coach in college football, but that doesn't mean that he isn't enjoying a few extra perks on Alabama. Not only does he have the same country club and car deal as Calipari, but he also gets to enjoy 25 free hours of flight time on a non-commercial plane.

Of course, some coaches aren't quite as greedy with the extra's that they get from the universities. Vanderbilt Coach Kevin Stallings decided to forgo his $100,000 raise so that his team could afford to take a trip to their star center's home, Australia.

Are these perks outrageous for coaches—country club memberships, cars, flights, six-figure raises—or are the par for the course in one of the most demanding and stressful jobs out there? Should coaches enjoy what they've been given, or should they sacrifice it for the good of the team like Stallings?

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