Steve Alford: The Highest Obscenely (Over)Paid Coach In the Pac-12 Conference

Not a bad payday for a guy who has won only 5 NCAA tournament games during 15+ year of coaching career. - Victor Decolongon

Thanks to total incompetence of a clueless athletic director UCLA has made Steve Alford, someone who hasn't tasted even the Sweet-16 in almost 15 years, the highest paid coach in the Pac-12 conference.

Meet Steve Alford - the highest paid head basketball coach in the Pac-12 conference:

1. Alford: $2.6 million/yr (imagine if he'd beaten Harvard ... ba-da-BING!)
2. Arizona's Sean Miller: $2.2 million/yr (with $100,000 annual increase)
3. Oregon's Dana Altman: $1.8 million/yr
4. Washington's Lorenzo Romar: $1.7 million/yr
5. USC's Andy Enfield: $1.5 million/yr (reported)
5. Cal's Mike Montgomery: $1.5 million/yr
7. Arizona State's Herb Sendek: $1.2 million/yr
8. Oregon State's Craig Robinson: $950,000/yr
8. Utah's Larry Krystkowiak: $950,000
10. Stanford's Johnny Dawkins: $900,000/yr (estimate)
11. Washington State's Ken Bone: $850,000 (seven-year deal; unreal)
12. Colorado's Tad Boyle: $600,000/yr (give that man a raise!)

[UPDATE]: As pointed out by Scotty in the comments - Alford is not just the highest paid basketball coach - he is now the highest paid coach in any sport in the entire Pac-12 conference.

So Alford, who hasn't gotten a whiff of even the Steve-16 (we call it "Steve-16" around here because only Steve Lavin thought going to Sweet-16 should be some kind of big deal at UCLA) since 1999, is making more money than what Mike Montgomery and Tad Boyle make in one season. This doesn't count perks like throwing in a basketball scholarship for his son who didn't have offer from any other major D-1 programs.

No one is going to accuse UCLA for being "cheap" any more. What none of us imagined was how Chianti would spending $ on mediocre candidates like a drunken sailor and turn us into a national joke.

GO BRUINS.

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