I love college basketball with the same passion that most people at this site share. I revel in it each season; I have vanity over the fact that I once played the game. But even I can't ignore the problems manifest in college basketball, problems revealed by a cursory examination of Cal's new contract.
Base salary of $400,000 grand a year with $3.3 million for broadcasting and endorsement the first year; $3.4 million the following four years; $2.85 million the following three years. He get's even more if he wins the SEC, goes to the Sweet Sixteen or Final Four, or wins the national title.
Now here's the sad part: If his players meet "certain academic standards," he'll get an extra $50,000. Chump change; pocket money. Fifty grand compared to millions. Fifty grand for getting his kids to go to class, which, by damned, should be a part of any coach's friggin' job description.