The number $2.5 million has come up a few times in relation to DePaul's head coach search. Apparently that's what the Blue Demons would be willing to pay the ideal candidate. Here's something to put that number in perspective. According to USA Today's new salary database for coaches that made the 2009 NCAA Tournament only five tournament coaches made more than that in total compensation that season.
The lucky quintet:
- Mike Krzyzewski, Duke - $4.095 million
- Rick Pitino, Louisville - $4.073 million
- Bill Self, Kansas - $3.676 million
- Tom Izzo, Michigan State - $3.083 million
- Thad Matt, Ohio State - $2.662 million
Now of course these numbers come with the typical caveat that because they come mostly from tax records and open information laws that they could be outdated, but still, only five of the top 65 coaches in the country last year - as measured by which ones made the NCAA's - are paid more than what DePaul is dangling.
There is a lot of money at stake. And could that be the carrot that draws someone like Baylor's Scott Drew to Lincoln Park? Could it draw Butler's Brad Stevens? Or what about Dayton's Brian Gregory?
For the record if you use $2 million as the threshold then four more coaches are added to the list, including two intriguing names, UCLA's Ben Howland - who isn't coming to DePaul, but still and recently fired Boston College head coach Al Skinner. Here is that quartet:
- Sean Miller, Arizona - $2.300 million
- Al Skinner, Boston College - $2.219 million
- Rick Barnes, Texas - $2.150 million
- Ben Howland, UCLA - $2.040 million
And finally, one more interesting name. Tennessee's Bruce Pearl made $1.947 million in 2009. It's obvious that with this much money being thrown around the Blue Demons are serious. So excuse their cloak and dagger tactics, they'll get this search done.