UConn Coach's Outburst Spotlights Salaries An outburst by the University of Connecticut men's basketball coach has brought the issue of coach compensation at state universities to the surface. With salaries that can be in the millions, coaches are the highest paid state employees. Sportswriter Stefan Fatisis offers his insight.
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UConn Coach's Outburst Spotlights Salaries

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UConn Coach's Outburst Spotlights Salaries

UConn Coach's Outburst Spotlights Salaries

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Jim Calhoun, head coach of the University of Connecticut men's basketball team, made headlines this week when he launched into a tirade against a political blogger who questioned him about his $1.6 million salary.

"No one should be surprised that Calhoun makes $1.6 million a year, plus endorsement income," sportswriter Stefan Fatsis tells NPR's Michele Norris. "But Connecticut is facing a budget deficit of more than $1 billion."

Calhoun, UConn's football and women's basketball coaches are three highest-paid state employees, Fatsis says, adding Calhoun's outburst reopens a conversation about what the priorities of a state-run university should be.

"In the best of times, big-money college sports is an inflammatory topic," Fatsis says. "In this economy, comments like Calhoun's are gasoline."