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Calipari leads Final Four coaches in pay


Bill Self is headed to his second Final Four in his nine seasons at Kansas, but he’s on the lower end of pay among the remaining teams in the NCAA Tournament. His salary of $2,500,000 (excluding deferred compensation) is less than Ohio State’s Thad Matta, Louisville’s Rick Pitino and Kentucky’s John Calipari. Of that group, only Pitino and Self have won NCAA championships.

Kentucky coach John Calipari

•  Salary this year: $3,800,000

•  Bonuses earned: $450,000 ($50,000 for academic progress rate, $50,000 for Southeastern Conference regular-season title, $100,000 each for making the regional semifinals and finals, and $150,000 for reaching the Final Four)

• Potential bonus: $350,000 for national title

Louisville coach Rick Pitino

•  Salary this year: $3,000,000

•  Bonuses earned: $175,000 ($50,000 for Big East tournament title, $50,000 for reaching the regional semifinals and finals, and $75,000 for reaching the Final Four)

•  Potential bonus: $150,000 for national title

Ohio State coach Thad Matta

•  Salary this year: $2,735,000

•  Bonuses earned: $100,000 plus a one-year contract extension ($20,000 for Big Ten co-championship, which triggered the extension; $40,000 for making NCAA Tournament; $20,000 for making regional finals; and $20,000 for reaching the Final Four)

•  Potential bonus: $100,000 for national title

Kansas coach Bill Self

•  Salary this year: $2,500,000, plus $500,000 in deferred compensation

•  Bonuses earned: $150,000 ($50,000 for Big 12 regular-season title, $100,000 for reaching Final Four)

•  Potential bonus: $200,000 for national title

| The Associated Press

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