High-paid, winning college football coaches are worth every million

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Last week, Deadspin published an infographic revealing that the highest-paid state employees in 80 percent of the U.S. are college football and basketball coaches. That includes Penn State football boss Bill O’Brien.

Cue the hysteria.

America is teetering on the brink of disaster because of our misplaced priorities regarding athletics. Institutions of higher education have sold their souls to whistle-wearing despots who rake in millions for fun and games. Meanwhile, chemistry students must make do with Bunsen burners from the 1950s, and future English scholars are forced to consult dog-eared copies of Hamlet. Offensive tackles can be found feasting on foie-gras-coated Chateaubriand. No wonder the Chinese own half our country.

Settle down, everyone. Believe it or not, most of these guys earn their keep. That’s right. Say what you want about the inequity of Nick Saban’s $5.3 million annual salary when universities are cutting programs and relying more and more on less-expensive adjuncts to educate America’s youth, but Saban is worth every penny. So are LSU’s Les Miles, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Texas’ Mack Brown, all of whom receive hefty seven-figure stipends every year.

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