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Who Is the Highest-Paid Men’s College Basketball Coach?

  • Kansas' Bill Self leads way at $10.6 million per year.
  • Only four of Top 25 coaches qualified for 2023 Sweet 16.
Kansas head coach Bill Self answers questions at the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tipoff at T-Mobile Center.
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As one of just nine coaches in men’s college basketball history with 700-plus wins and multiple national championships, Kansas’ Bill Self is in the upper echelons of the sport’s elite. Now, he has a salary to match.

Kansas amended Self’s lifetime contract with the school to be a five-year rolling contract — with the first iteration of it paying him a reported $53 million over five years. When he won his second national title in 2022, the 60-year-old was making $10.2 million, but his 2023 pay dropped due to the structure of the contract.

With the new deal, Self reclaims the title of the nation’s highest-paid men’s college basketball coach after Kentucky’s John Calipari briefly supplanted him. 

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Tennessee’s Rick Barnes, and Auburn’s Bruce Pearl round out the top five, all making over $5 million in a season. 

Here are the top 25 highest-paid coaches in men’s college basketball, using data from USA Today based on the 2022-23 season but taking into account coaching changes, compensation data, and the latest information.

Top 25 Coaches 2022-23 

RankCoachSchoolTotal PayConf.
1Bill SelfKansas$10,600,000Big 12
2John CalipariKentucky$8,533,483SEC
3Tom IzzoMichigan St$5,738,727Big Ten
4Rick BarnesTennessee$5,450,000SEC
5Bruce PearlAuburn$5,449,152SEC
6Chris Beard (was hired by Ole Miss,
will be paid $3.25M/year)
Texas$5,005,000Big 12
7Tony BennettVirginia$4,830,345ACC
8Brad UnderwoodIllinois$4,600,550Big Ten
9Bob HugginsWest Virginia$4,150,000Big 12
10Mick CroninUCLA$4,100,000Pac-12
11Eric MusselmanArkansas$4,100,000SEC
12Buzz WilliamsTexas A&M$4,100,000SEC
13Dana AltmanOregon$4,009,500Pac-12
14Tommy LloydArizona$4,000,000Pac-12
15Kevin WillardMaryland$3,900,000Big Ten
16Ed Cooley (has since left for Georgetown,
paid almost $6M/year per reports)
Providence$3,751,112Big East
17Scott DrewBaylor$3,706,581Big 12
18Greg GardWisconsin$3,637,500Big Ten
19Juwan HowardMichigan$3,616,000Big Ten
20Jeff CapelPittsburgh$3,614,588ACC
21Matt PainterPurdue$3,580,000Big Ten
22Jamie DixonTexas Christian$3,512,107Big 12
23Andy EnfieldSouthern California$3,511,285Pac-12
24Chris HoltmannOhio St.$3,500,000Big Ten
25Kenny PayneLouisville$3,494,026*ACC
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