USC coach Clay Helton made $2.6 million in 2016. Duke coach David Cutcliffe made $2.54 million.
Duke women’s basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie made $1.35 million. When USC fired women’s basketball coach Cynthia Cooper, it reportedly offered less than $400,000 to her replacements.
There was a time when USC was the gold standard for paying coaches. Pete Carroll made $4.4 million in 2006. Monte Kiffin made $1.5 million in 2010. Norm Chow was the nation’s highest-paid assistant coach when he got $250,000 to come to USC in 2001.
Women’s basketball coach Chris Gobrecht was lured from Florida State to USC in 1997, despite getting paid $150,000 by FSU (a pretty good salary at the time).
Times have changed. USC no longer wants to pay top rate. It can barely keep up with Duke in football. And can’t in women’s basketball. We won’t even discuss Mike Krzyzewski’s $7 million salary.