Sure, it was just two seasons ago that McCallie got a new five-year rollover contract valued at $400,000 per season and with incentives could reach half a million.
That's not good enough.
Sure, McCallie signed the contract and has three more seasons left on it, but MSU ought to sit McCallie down right now and find out if MSU is really where she wants to be. She's young, smart, a great coach, a well-spoken ambassador for Michigan State, a solid recruiter and good-looking to boot.
McCallie's 149-74 record is impeccable. Five straight NCAA Tournament appearances with two straight Sweet Sixteen appearances. She was also named National Coach of the Year by AP, Basketball Times and Nike along with being named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2004-05.
She piloted MSU to a 33-4 record, a National Championship appearance, their first ever Big Ten Tournament championship and only their second Big Ten regular season championship.
Since "Coach P." came to Michigan State, she has elevated the women's program to one of the elite in the nation. While McCallie hasn't accomplished what Tom Izzo has accomplished, don't sneeze at her accomplishments.
After recruiting star freshman Allyssa DeHaan, MSU is back in the tournament again, with a first round win over Delaware State. But disturbing rumors persist, accompanied by published reports of a statement by her husband, MSU professor John McCallie, that his wife is set to bolt for LSU, Florida or Texas.
If McCallie can see herself at MSU long term, sort of an Izzo-type figure and money is the only issue, she deserve a raise that puts her in the tier below franchise type coaches like Tennessee's Pat Summitt and UConn's Geno Auriemma.
Summitt makes $1.125 million annually with bonuses included. Auriemma pockets $988,000 per season not including bonuses. Even Oklahoma's Sherri Coale, who's record is similar to McCallie's, is guaranteed $500,000 per season, but McCallie's current figures lag behind unless she reaches all her incentives.
LSU needs someone to replace two-time Final Four coach Pokey Chatman who unexpectedly resigned. Florida fired head coach Carolyn Peck who left Purdue for Gainesville and promptly went 0-11. Jody Conradt, the longtime head coach at Texas announced her retirement after 31 seasons.
All have eyes for McCallie, but unless she simply doesn't want to be in East Lasnging longterm and wants to relocate to the South, nothing else should be an issue.
A bump up to the $600,000-$700,000 range and a clause to keep her in the top 5-to-10 in her profession, ought to do the trick and stop the annual fishing expeditions.
It's time for Michigan State to become a destination, not a stepping stone.