New professional goal

Major Applewhite is coming back to the University of Texas as an assistant football coach. Good for him, hope he enjoys it.

To more important matters:

Texas scheduled a Thursday news conference to introduce Applewhite as the assistant head coach and running backs coach. His salary will be $250,000, the same amount he was paid at Alabama.

250 large? To coach the running backs?

Has there always been this much money in college sports?

Not to get all moralistic, but let me pontificate a bit:

Texas is definitely one of the top five public universities in the country (along with probably Cal Berkeley, Virginia, Michigan, and William and Mary? (does that sound right?)) and the mean salary of UT Austin’s full professors (professors who have reached the highest level in their department) in 2005 was 110,000 (the median was $100,000.)

Now, I’m sure you’re not exactly starving to death in Austin on one hundred grand a year. But my point is that the guy who’s coaching the running backs at the school is making more than twice as much as a full professor (who’s probably been in academia for decades at this point–he’s not just getting into the field.) And, not to get too philosophical here, but schools do exist to offer schooling. That’s supposed to be the point.

What’s my point? I don’t know. Mostly that I don’t like hearing about the purity of college athletics.


7 Responses to “New professional goal”

  1. matt Says:

    hopefully I can restore your faith in the purity of college sports.

    First off, here are some numbers.
    From the Equity in Athletics reports, here’s a look at the top ten football revenue schools (2003-2004):

    1) Texas $47,556,281
    2) Tennessee $46,704,719
    3) Ohio State $46,242,355
    4) Florida $42,710,967
    5) Georgia $42,104,214
    6) Alabama $39,848,836
    7) Notre Dame $38,596,090
    8) Michigan $38,547,937
    9) LSU $38,381,625
    10) Auburn $37,173,943

    As of 2006, TN had about 53 million, so adjust accordingly.

    Ok, now the more important thing is that TN spends 11.8 million on direct football costs. What does it do with the other 40 odd million? It pays for the facilities of all the other sports! The truth is that the only team making any money besides football is mens basketball, all other lose money.

    I got all this from this article:

    im sure there are others.
    But of course, jerry thinks that all this 40 mil should go to the starving professors who teach 1 class…. 1 class! a semster and publish “things no one reads.”

  2. matt Says:

    why is there an emoticon by michigan, i did not do that on purpose, i didn’t know this blog was set up for that.. ;) 8) =)

  3. zachary Says:

    i want a smily face


  4. Kenny Says:

    i can’t believe jerry didn’t list MSU as a top public university. Major Applewhite was a QB, what’s he know about running backs. I want to see his resume to see what qualifies him for this salary that has jerry so outraged.

  5. Pat Says:

    Agreed, professors write those damn books and then force the poor ass college students to buy them, its a rigged system. Professors make enough money. College football is a hgue revenue generator and since the players can’t be paid theres a lot to go around. If you want a quality football staff you have to shell out the dollars to get the right people. Its just part of the game these days.

    Don’t cry for professors, just because you may be one. My problem with professors is a lot of them stay tenured because of their research and really aren’t good teachers at all yet since the university keeps them around they make more and more money each year. There should be a way to pay the professors by what the students think the deserve. I had a LOT of professors who did not do 100,000 dollars worht of work and a few who did.

  6. sloan Says:

    matt, i’m pretty sure tennessee’s women’s bball team is a revenue sport.

  7. sloan Says:

    well, at a research school like michigan, a big piece of the professor’s job is to be publishing in their field. teaching is definitely secondary for some.

    but, you’re right, a lot of profs hit tenure and then coast the rest of their career. some were just bad teachers in the first place.

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