Painter Is Nation’s Sixth-Highest Paid Coach


The Boiling Point: With a substantial raise, Purdue men’s basketball coach Matt Painter is the sixth-highest paid coach in the country.

Almost a week after the rumors of Matt Painter heading to Missouri to fill its coach opening, Purdue’s men’s basketball program is quiet again. What all of the rumors and talk did was allow Painter to get a significant pay raise of about $1 million. That raise makes him the nation’s sixth-highest paid coach in the country. The $2 million club is below.

1. John Calipari, University of Kentucky – $4 million
2. Tom Izzo, Michigan State University – $3.4 million
3. Billy Donovan, University of Florida – $3.3 million
4. Bill Self, University of Kansas – $3 million
5. Thad Matta, Ohio State – $2.5 million
6. Matt Painter, Purdue University – $2.3 million
7. Rick Pitino, Louisville – $2.25 million
8. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University – $2.2 million
9. Rick Barnes, Texas – $2.2 million
10. Roy Williams, North Carolina – $2 million
11. Ben Howland, UCLA – $2 million

Painter’s contract is coming from just one of four self-sustaining athletic departments in the country. Purdue, LSU, Nebraska and Ohio State are the only four departments that operate without receiving any funding from university or state funds.

Here’s a complete list of salaries from USA Today from last April.