Well, someone is getting a raise at Baa Ram U. this year–just no one on the academic faculty:
Four years ago, Colorado State athletic director Paul Kowalczyk could envision this moment, a time he would look upon his men’s basketball program with equal parts pride and hope, and reward a coach for taking ashes and building a winner.
Thursday was that day — a day Colorado State made official a three-year extension for men’s basketball coach Tim Miles. Along with a $330,000 raise, the deal is expected to keep him in Fort Collins through 2016. It also has a $250,000 longevity incentive waiting for him if he stays until then.
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Miles had a base salary of $420,000. On July 1, that will be bumped to $585,000. On July 1, 2012, that will move up to $750,000. So, over the course of the next 14 months, he’ll receive a total raise of $330,000.
This is a scandal. With priorities like this, why should voters support tax increases for higher education? I’m not feeling so great about self-funding my conference travel this summer, all of a sudden. As I’ve said before, colleges and universities are suckers for providing free farm clubs for the NFL and the NBA. MLB manages to run its own farm teams, and they still make bank. Why should government be in the business of providing services to the NBA and the NFL on the taxpayers’ backs?