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We all know John Calipari makes good money for his work as the head coach of the University of Kentucky’s men’s basketball team, but where does his bread rank among all coaches across all sports? It’s a good question, and one answered today by the smart people over at Forbes. named the 20 highest-paid coaches in American sports and John Calipari made the list at No. 12. “The University of Kentucky rewarded Calipari with a ‘lifetime’ contract last summer that is worth $86 million over 10 years,” the story says. “Under Calipari, his Wildcats have won more games than any other college basketball team in the nation over the past decade.” Those two things are indeed fact.

As for the other super rich people who coach teams, Bill Belichick claimed the top spot as the highest-paid with an average contract value of $12 million. Behind the GOAT, you’ll find Gregg Popvich and Pete Carroll in a tie for second then Doc Rivers and Jon Gruden sharing fourth.

Coach Cal’s arch nemisis, Mike Krysksezsjzislkwrenski, is one spot ahead of him by $400,000.

If you’re interested in the complete list, click here.

If you’re sick to your stomach because you work your ass off to only make a fraction of what these people make, just think about all those taxes they have to pay. Sucks to be them, right?


Article written by Drew Franklin

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8 Comments for ranked the highest-paid coaches in sports

  1. Cousins Fake Tooth
    9:02 pm December 5, 2019 Permalink

    Its 2019. Stop posting articles to places that make you pay to view. No ones paying for news these days.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      9:19 pm December 5, 2019 Permalink

      If KSR is going to “steal” info from a paid site and report it to you for free, the least they could do is link the pay site, right?

    • Cousins Fake Tooth
      8:11 pm December 7, 2019 Permalink

      No ones “stealing” anything. You can’t “steal” news. Its all out there on free sites, no reason to pay for it.

  2. Bluebloodtoo
    9:20 pm December 5, 2019 Permalink

    All those taxes, huh? If I give you 10 million a year, but require you to donate 2 million a year to charity, would you be upset that you only get 8 million? Yeah, maybe we should all just stick with our low income so we can pay less taxes.

  3. Bluebloodtoo
    9:32 pm December 5, 2019 Permalink

    One other thought .. I wonder if belichek’s 12M goes as far as Cal’s money. Belichek is paying NYC cost of living vs Lexington for Cal. I bet Calipari ends up better or at least really close to even just due to that.

    • catdaddyd
      10:38 am December 6, 2019 Permalink

      Belichek lives in NYC?

    • Bluebloodtoo
      1:48 pm December 7, 2019 Permalink

      Eh, Boston, Jersey, wherever. They all cost a lot more than lex.

  4. CrystalBall
    10:30 pm December 5, 2019 Permalink

    These figures are based on the maximum contact. Which includes awards and incentives.
    No coach is ever going to reach the maximum. Almost impossible to fulfill all the extras.