The 10 Highest-Paid College Basketball Coaches

Coach Krzyzewski talks to his Duke players.

Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski is worth every penny. | Tom Pennington/Getty Images

We’re so close to the 2017 NCAA Tournament, we can almost taste the madness. And while we don’t know if this year’s dance will provide us with any Cinderella stories, there’s one thing we do know: These teams aren’t going anywhere without great coaching.

You can have all the talent in the world, but if you don’t have a capable person pulling the strings, then it won’t make a difference. The fact is, if you want to be successful in college basketball, then you better have a great coach. Unfortunately, bringing in that kind of talent will cost you. Big time.

USA Today did the research, put together the data, and figured out which coaches in college basketball were paid the most in 2016. It used specific methodology to come to these conclusions and focused on the 68 coaches who led their teams to the NCAA tournament last season. If there’s anything to take away from this list, it’s that some coaches earn significantly more money than others. The 10 highest-paid coaches in college basketball are proof of that.