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Top 5 Highest Paid College Basketball Coaches

There is no doubt that college sports is big business and the top college basketball teams rake in huge sums of money. But to develop a team that brings in money you must invest money. The team has to have a top coach to manage the talent. Unfortunately, to hire the kind of coaches that win games the teams have to spend big. It is no secret that the highest salaries are often earned by the most successful and sometimes controversial helmsmen.
To understand how different coaches are making their money, I analyze the performances of various teams and their head coaches. I found out that most of the teams pay huge junk of their revenues to these guys. I, however, had to narrow down the list to only the best few. Below you will find a deep dive of my list of the top five highest paid college basketball coaches.

1. Mike Krzyzewski,
Mike Krzyzewski, famously known as ‘Coach K’, has been consistently successful over the years. He has led the Blue Devils to the level it is today. Mike has won more than 960 games and 13 conference titles. I can confidently say that no other college coach has had the success that Mike Krzyzewski enjoys. His value to the Blue Devils cannot be underestimated. The team has reached 12 Finals Fours as well as five National Championship under the stewardship of Mike Krzyzewski. He has several awards and honors to his name such as ACC Coach of the Year (1984, 1986, 1997, 1999, & 2000) and Basketball Times National Coach of the Year (1986 & 1997) among several others. His effort has seen him pocket more than $7.2 Million a year.

2. John Calipari
Since his arrival in 2009, John Calipari has managed to lead his team to 4 Final Four appearances (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015) winning it big in 2012. The Wildcats have won 206 games under John and this makes him one of the most expensive coaches few teams could afford. He began his career as an assistant coach at the University of Kansas in 1982 and from then he led several other top college teams before breaking off to coach the New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, only to return to NCAA in 1999. All through his career, John has excelled; he has various coaching honors in his name. He earns a salary of $6.5 million a year and a bonus of $50,000 on top of it.

3. Rick Pitino
Rick Pitino is one of the top coaches with more than one national championship to his name. He has managed to do this with more than one college team that is with Kentucky in 1996 and with Louisville in 2013. He has the head coach of Louisville Cardinals since 2001. Rick Pitino has received fame for his stewardships as well as notoriety in equal measures. He has .749 winning percentage and has managed to lead the Cardinals to 12 NCAA appearances. Rick is handsomely paid $6 Million and a bonus of $775,000

4. Bill Self
Bill Self has a long-standing career dating back to 1985 but he has been the head coach for University of Kansas men’s team (the Kansas Jayhawks) since 2003. He has won 11 straight Big 12 Conference regular season championships. His best was reaching the sport’s pinnacle in 2008. He has also led the Jayhawks to 12 NCAA appearances. For this effort, he is being rewarded with a salary of $5 million & a bonus of $525,000.

5. Tom Izzo
This is a legend who has been in the field for over twenty years. It is only Mike Krzyzewski and Rick Pitino who have more Final Fours under their belts than Tom Izzo. He has lead Michigan States Team (the Spartans) to the NCAA tournament 18 times. With this impressive resume, Tom Izzo takes home $4 million and a bonus of $350,000.

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Kansas Streak of Big 12 College Basketball Titles

After Kansas Jayhawks 87-68 victory over TCU, they were able to take a share of the Big 12 regular season title. Such a performance may never be seen again since the numbers surrounding it are so high. With no doubt, Jayhawks have been very dominant in the last thirty season, and below are ten stats to show and prove it.

Bill Self has won thirteen Big 12 titles consecutively, this is a very incredible performance considering only a few players have ever come close that and no player have ever matched that.
UCLA’s streak of 13 straight conference titles was made possible by different coaches. The first one was John Wooden who never won more than nine in a row, some people argues that he is the greatest winner in sports history. The other one is Coach K who has never won more than five straight, some people considers him as the greatest coach in any sport ever.

In the Big 12 during the Jayhawks’ 13-year conference title mark, there have been thirty-eight coaches who have coached against Kansas. The list includes icons such as Texas Tech and Bob Knight. Remember streak began when Jim Wooldridge was coaching Kansas State.
Like everyone knows, the Big 12 is predated by the Jayhawks’ streak. During the Kansas stretch, the following are the teams that had been in the conference, these are A&M, Missouri, Nebraska and Colorado ( the last two departed in 2011). Kansas has constantly been winning even when the 14 teams have been in the conference.

During the Kansas 13-year run, there have been sixteen AP All-Americans (first, second and third team) who played against Kansas. Two years after Kevin Durant arrived at Texas is when Jayhawks’ streak began.

Kansas has had a total of two first-team All-Americans throughout its run. Wayne Simien in 2005 and Thomas Robinson in 2012.

During their 13-year conference championship streak, Kansas has lost while at home nine times, the nine losses are both in non-conference play and in Big 12. Now if you compare that to Baylor’s Scott Drew who only plays one game per annum in Lawrence and has lost nine times at Phog Allen Fieldhouse over  the last thirteen years.

During his run at Kansas, Bill Self has never lost to a Big 12 opponent in a home-and-home series. If you date back in 2000-2001, which was Bill Self first year at Illinois, he has never lost to anyone in both ends of a home-and-home.

The rest of the conference outside Kansas has won outright or shared a total of eight Big 12 regular season championships. In the other hand, Jayhawks’ have shared or won outright seventeen times since 1997 when the conference began. This is very impressive considering no other school has more than three.
Kansas has managed to win ten times against the top ten ranked teams during this 13-season streak. The ranking was done during the Big 12 tournaments and the regular season. Nine is the number of consecutive games Jayhawks have won against the top ten teams dating back in 2014-2015 season.
During its 13-year run atop the Big 12, Kansas has managed to have a total of fourteen first rounds picks. Fourteen is a lot comparing with other college basketball team who do not come close to that. For instance, since John Calipari arrived in Lexington just before the 2009-2010 season, the Kentucky team has had 21 first round picks.

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How Frank Mason became Kansas’ Leading Man

When I began to research about  Frank Mason,who is now the leading basketball player for Kansas, I learned so much more. He is an amazing point guard for the University of Kansas Jayhawks. He plays basketball with his own style, of scoring incredible points. He grew up in Petersburg, Virginia, but went on to college to hone his skills as a basketball player. He has earned several awards, like the All Big 12, World University Games, and for the Big 12- All Defensive team.

The significance of how he plays is full of promise, and his ability to score points is incredible! Frank mason is on fire! A few days ago, he rant toward KU’s Jeronne Howard, after a victory over Baylor University. He has an amazing record of 20.3 ppg., two steals, and 5 assists. He is so talented that the Jayhawks are third ranked, and are heading towards the goal of the national title. Even when the game seems rough, Frank Mason pounds across the basketball court, he creates an exciting game. The Jayhawks are 13-2 and continue to hoop-it-up. In the history of ESPN stats, they are saying that Frank Mason is the only player in the Big 12- to ever average 20 points and 5 assist. He has broke a record, and continues to possess the game of basketball. It seems that without Mason, the Kansas team, would continue to have turnovers, and don’t seem to be that effective without him.

Frank was lucky enough to shine on the international spectrum, in 2015 when the Jayhawks competed on behalf of the United States- when Frank received the Finalist MVP Award. The score that caused him to receive the achievement, was when he scored 18 points in Germany.

Mason does have a few issues, like he does not shoot very well- when he’s up in the air, or when he’s far away. His shot’s are better, when he has the opportunity to score on close up shots- on when he can score with shot-blockers. When his team supports him, and has the opportunity to score, he outstretches his arm and score big at the rim.

There are also other on the Jayhawks, that make the team shine with Frank Mason. There is DeVonte Graham, who is a great guard, but he is apologizing for his recent arrest for a traffic related warrant, shortly after the Jayhawks won the Big 12 Title. There is also Landon Lucas, who has a few off-court distractions, but he continues his talented contributions with a 7.6 PPG, a 8.3 RPG, and a 0.9 APG. There is also breakout star, Joel Embiid, who helped Kansas win last Friday.

Frank Mason is a pillar of strength for the Jayhawks. He is a great assist for his team, and he leads the way to victories. On Saturday, February 25, 2017, the Jayhawks are schedule to play Texas at the Frank Erwin Center. Let’s keep our fingers crossed, for a victory win for Frank Mason and the Jayhawks.

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Best Kansas Basketball Players Ever

Some of the best Kansas basketball players will never be forgotten. There are many factors that go into becoming one of the greats in the NBA. Team spirit, skill and hard work all are factors that can make an exceptional player.

Wilt Chamberlin had great success in the NBA. In 1955 Chamberlin became a player for the Kansas Jayhawks under the direction of coach Phog Allen. Chamberlin dominated other players from the beginning. Early in his playing career for the Jayhawks Chamberlin  scored 32 points and was able to grab over 50 rebounds.

In the 1957 semi-final games Chamberlin defeated San Francisco with little effort. This time Chamberlin scored 32 points with 11 rebounds. This was quite an accomplishment for any NBA player. Chamberlin earned a reputation for a tough but talented player. Chamberlin went on to have other great successes with other NBA teams.

Mario Chalmers was another talented NBA player. Chalmers was responsible for helping the team win the 2008 NCAA Championship with a 3 point shot in 1.3 seconds. This was the Jayhawks fifth national title. In 2008 Chalmers was named one of the most “Outstanding” players in the NBA.

Andrew Wiggins played for KU in 2013-2014. During his time with the Jayhawks Wiggins earned an average of 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds a game. ESPN had taken a great interest in Wiggins basketball talents and conduct several interviews. In addition, Wiggins became a successful marketing tool for Jayhawks sports shirts and other accessories. Highlights from one of Wiggins Jayhawks games can been seen on line.

Danny Manning is now a retired National Basketball Association Player. He successfully won the National Championship with the Jayhawks in 1988. Manning holds a record in Kansas basketball history with 2,951 points. Manning was a Senior in 1988 when he lead the team to the National Championship. Manning was named the “Big Eight Player” of the decade while playing for the Jayhawks. Manning is respected for his skill as well as devotion to the NBA.

Jo Jo White played for the Jayhawks in the late 1960’s. White represented the US Mens Basketball Team at the 1968 summer Olympics. Jo Jo White may be considered one of the all time greats for his success while playing for the Jayhawks. Jo Jo White was one of the few players that openly expressed gratitude as well as thanks that he was able to become such an asset to the team.

Clyde Lovellette led the Jayhawks to a 1952 NCAA title. In addition, Lovellette also captured MVP honors. While playing for the Jayhawks Clyde Lovellette scored an NCAA record of 141 points. Without a doubt Lovellette was an Two-Team First Time All American. Lovellette was teamates with Dean Smith. Lovellette lead the tema in scoring and winning the NCAA title all within the same year.

Nick Collison went to two final hours while playing for the Jayhawks. Nick Collison helped the Jayhawks reach two consecutive final hours first in 2003 then in 2003. Due to his outstanding achievements as a player Collison was named “Player of The Year” in 2003. Collison player center while with the Jayhawks.

Raef La Frentz was drafted in 1998. La Frentz was successful in leading the Jayhawks to a 35-4 record. La Frentz was named one of the all time “Greats” for the Jayhawks. Raef La Frentz played for the Jayhawks from 1994-1998. La Frentz averaged 19.8 points as well as 11.4 rebounds per game. During his time with the Jayhawks the team posted a 123-17 record. The 123-7 record could not have been possible with out La Frentz.

A great deal goes into becoming a recognized great basketball player. Having a positive attitude along with utilizing a natural talent can take a player a long way in the NBA.

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