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Already thinking about how you'll spend your NCAA Tournament pool winnings? Well, even the most lucrative bracket-borne jackpot would be a drop in the bucket for college basketball's premier coaches. Consider these Sweet 16 salaries (including "outside income"at least that which is publicfrom shoe deals, summer camps, speaking engagements, and TV/radio shows):
MICHIGAN STATE: Tom Izzo(28-7; 116-48 overall). Base salary: $195,000. Other income: $90,000 ("supplemental income" from university); $235,000 (shoe contract with Reebok); $260,800 (in "other income"). Contract expires: 2004
IOWA STATE: Larry Eustachy (31-4; 205-105 overall). Base salary: $160,000. Outside income: $640,000 (shoe and apparel contracts as well as TV/radio shows, summer camps, and public appearances); $300,000 cash bonuses in 2003, 2006, and 2009, as well as a $100,000 bonus in 2010; $25,000 for each regular-season Big 12 championship; $25,000 for each Big 12 Tournament title; $25,000 for each NCAA Tournament bid and each NCAA victory. Contract expires: 2010
OKLAHOMA STATE: Eddie Sutton(26-6; 658-258 overall). Base salary: $130,000. Other income: $150,000 (shoe contract with Nike); $1500 (Nike merchandise); $211,000 (for fundraising, TV/radio contracts); more than $40,000 in incentive bonuses tied to postseason play. Perks: use of car and gasoline credit cards; golf membership at Stillwater Country Club; skybox in Gallagher-Iba Arena with about 20 seats; 73 basketball season tickets worth $38,000. Contract expires: 2002
TENNESSEE: Jerry Green (26-6; 289-201 overall). Base salary: $150,000. Outside income: $220,000 (TV/radio commitments); $120,000 (shoe and apparel deals); estimated $80,000 (summer basketball camps); $50,000 "retention" bonus. Contract expires: 2004
FLORIDA: Billy Donovan (26-7; 110-68 overall). Total university compensation: $700,000. Other income: eligible for bonuses that include an extra month's salary for making the NCAA Tournament and two months' salary if the Gators win the national title; also includes incentives for graduating a certain percentage of his players. Contract expires: 2006
UCLA: Steve Lavin (21-11; 91-37 overall). Base salary: $153,000. Other income: $195,000 (speaking engagements and public appearances); $195,000 (portion of school contract with Adidas); $35,000 (summer camp). Contract expires: 2005
NORTH CAROLINA: Bill Guthridge (20-13; 78-27 overall). Base salary: $155,000. Other income: $450,000 (shoe and apparel contract with Nike); $10,000 (in Nike products); $150,000 bonus for winning national championship; $25,000 university expense account. Contract expires: 2003
WISCONSIN: Dick Bennett(25-8; 454-251 overall). Base salary: $133,000. Outside income: $100,000 (Reebok "consulting" agreement); $75,579 (TV/radio shows); $33,627 (clinics and camps). Perks: $15,919 golf equipment and country club membership. Contract expires: 2001
From the Desk of George Santayana
* News item: Cincinnati Reds make lopsided trade for Ken Griffey Jr.Historical parallel: Before the '82 season, the Yankees swapped no-name prospects (Fred Toliver, Bryan Ryder) for Ken Griffey Sr. in an attempt to juice up their outfield; finish fifth. Prediction: Pencil in the Reds for the N.L. Central cellar, and tell Clyde Kingto polish up his managerial spikes.
* News item: Red Sox GM Dan Duquettetells fans Sox will never be competitive without a new ballpark. Historical parallel: When Rudy Giulianitried this argument in 1998, the Yankees drew record crowds en route to winning 125 games and the World Series. Prediction: BoSox win Series, end Curse. Fenway Park declared religious shrine by delirious Massachusetts state legislature. Duquette thrown from roof of Prudential Center by delirious Red Sox owners.
* News item: Controversial baseball owner George Steinbrennerbuys New Jersey Nets basketball team and New Jersey Devils hockey team. Historical parallel: Controversial baseball owner Charlie Finleybuys NHL California Seals hockey team (1970) and ABA Memphis Tams basketball team (1972). Prediction: Devils move to Cleveland. NBA folds. Steinbrenner spends declining years promoting scheme to use orange baseballs.
* News item: Mets acquire aging third baseman Todd Zeileto play first base. Historical parallel: Mets acquire aging third baseman Joe Torreto play first base, 1975. Prediction: Mets sink to second division. Zeile manages Yankees to world championship in 2021.
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