Hint from Dmitriy T.C.: he probably wears shorts to work.
Here’s the infographic, sent in also by sociologist Michael Kimmel, revealing the highest paid employee in each state. Yellow, orange, and green states are all ones in which the most money goes to an athletic coach. More details at DeadSpin.Lisa Wade, PhD is an Associate Professor at Tulane University. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture; a textbook about gender; and a forthcoming introductory text: Terrible Magnificent Sociology. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
JohnMWhite — May 18, 2013
The word 'public' appears to be missing here. This infographic is of the highest paid public employees of each state. The graphic obviously has the word in it, but the text of the post seems to suggest that it is the highest paid employee in general. Just wanted to avoid any confusion.
Pavlov's Cat — May 18, 2013
It says 'of your state' not 'in your state'. I took that to mean they were employed by their state and hence were public employees
BatWatch — May 18, 2013
Wait, why are states paying coaches?
Gman E. Willikers — May 19, 2013
For the big sports (e.g., basketball and football), the idea of "student athlete" is a quaint anachronism. The staggering amounts of money have corrupted the "sport" in sports. The focus for fixing this problem is usually on how unfair it is that Universities make millions while paying their athletes nothing; however, paying the athletes is misguided and will only further erode academic culture and render the idea of student athlete a complete joke. If you seriously want the focus to be on academics, consider eliminating sports scholarships and replacing them with academic scholarships.
Those who support pay for the athletes already argue that the athletic scholarships are worthless. So if you buy that, eliminating them does no harm and can only be a benefit. Kids who are now only interested in athletics will either stay away from school and directly pursue profession sports or they will change their focus and become more academically oriented. College athletics will once again become a sporting competition among student athletes who actually play for health and the pure sport of it, and our University will be know for their academics not for the prowess of their (unofficial) semi-pro/farm teams.
This is such a radical idea that I'm not sure if I really favor it. Further, I don't buy into the idea that paid room and board and access to a college education are worthless (were it not for the toxic impact of our modern culture I actually believe they should for many of these kids be worth immeasurably more than their already significant direct dollar value); however, I think the corruption has reached such a level that a radical idea may be worth considering and discussing. Perhaps elimination is not permanent but done on the basis of something like a 10-year experiment to see if we can end the corruption associated with collegiate sports and return it to an extracurricular activity more closely resembling, in spirit, true sporting competition?
John Angliss — May 19, 2013
I made one for the UK, because I was interested to compare...
Armchair Evolution — May 19, 2013
Just to put this in context: whereas the coaches might work for state institutions of higher education, they are not paid from state funds or tuition/fee income.
Collegiate athletics bring in big money from donors, ticket/merchandise sales, and sports camps.
The salaries, bonuses and fringe benefits paid to coaches come from revenue generated exclusively by these activities, not from tax dollars.
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