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