Multi-million dollar contracts for college coaches are the norm, though only a few end up earning their big money and delivering a national championship.
Heading into the tournament, the average head coach salary of the four No. 1 seeds (Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier) is around $3 million per year. However, the average head coach salary of the four No. 2 seeds (Cincinnati, North Carolina, Duke and Purdue) is a little more, at around $3.95 million.
Interestingly, the No. 5 seeds (Kentucky, Ohio State, West Virginia and Clemson) have the highest average head coach salary in the tournament, at around $5.15 million per year.
Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak is the highest paid coach to miss the tournament, earning $3.3 million per year.
In contrast to the millions head coaches at basketball powerhouses make, No. 16 seed Texas Southern head coach Mike Davis earns $250,000.
Click through the slideshow to see the top 10 highest paid college basketball coaches in this year’s NCAA tournament.