I’m not much of a football fan so when I read that the head coaches at the University of Washington and Washington State University are among the 3 highest paid state employees, I cringed.
Between them, they take home close to $7 million per year.
By comparison, the president of UW makes a measly $880,000 while the football coach there earns $4.2 million.
That’s a difference of $3.3 million. So take that and divide by $31,000, which is what it costs to attend the school each year, and you come up with 107.
This means that over a hundred poor kids could attend the University free with the difference between the president’s salary and that of the coach.
While I don’t see anything wrong with football, it’s the priorities I struggle with.
Some say that winning teams increases enrollment and that offsets their salaries, which may be true, but how about a new rule that says that no college coach at any state funded university can earn more than the president of the school?
With a level playing field, thousands more across the country would be able to access higher education.