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Dear Editor:

I love football. About 1916, my father was Captain of his high school football team, the Wichita Falls Coyotes! His high school offered 2 years of post-graduate education in business courses. So, following graduation, he stayed on for those two years and coached the football team! “Go Coyotes!”

He later became General Manager of his company. But, we lived football at our house, never missed a Coyote game when I was growing up!

Back then, football was a game, football was fun for both players and fans.

I nearly fell off my chair yesterday when I learned that a Head Coach of a University football team is being paid 5 million dollars per season! Mercy!

What is wrong with this? With college tuition costs soaring so high, why in the world would a football coach be paid so much? Yes, he brings in money “to the program,” that is. But what about the college/university he represents? Let’s look at it this way: Within the university are divisions called “colleges,” e.g., college of education, college of science, etc. Each college has a Dean to head it up, then professors to teach the courses.

Now, let’s say then that the Head Coach of the football team serves as the Dean of the College of Football and football is taught by the professors who are called “Assistant Coaches”. Should they not be paid the same as all the other Deans and Professors? Are they more important? Are they more valuable? If things were this fair, then most of the money raised by tickets and TV for the games could go into the general budget and thus bring down those high tuition costs that families today must pay. Hmmmmm.

Patty Tillerson

This story was posted on January 9, 2014.
  • littledrummerboy

    college athletic coaches are the number one highest paid state employee in nearly every state in america