Two college coaches pull $7 million paycheck

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Already a fixture in football at public universities, the $7 million coach has now come to men’s basketball.

University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino and University of Kentucky coach John Calipari are both above $7.4 million in USA TODAY Sports’ annual survey of the compensation paid to coaches whose schools participated in the 68-team NCAA tournament.

Calipari is making more than $7.1 million in basic compensation from the university, Pitino nearly $5.1 million. Both also reported having had significant income from outside sources that was related to their employment by the schools. Pitino’s non-university amount included $2.25 million that he received under a personal-services contract with Adidas, the shoe-and-apparel company that outfits Louisville’s teams.

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