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While Mississippi State stacks up extremely well with the rest of the SEC in terms of the above categories, the one way MSU doesn't currently stack up is salary. With head coaches such as South Carolina's Ray Tanner, LSU's Paul Mainieri, and Ole Miss' Mike Bianco making a salary in the neighborhood of $450,000 to $500,000 per year (per sources found in publications on the internet), new MSU athletic director Greg Byrne will have to up the amount that is currently being paid MSU head coach Ron Polk (rumored to be anywhere from $200,000 to $300,000 per year) if he wants to be able to offer a competitive salary close to that range.
For those of you who like Kentucky's John Cohen, he's making somewhere in the $300,000 a year range on a new contract. And don't be surprised to see Kentucky come in with a nice raise if MSU looks his way.
And what about Tim Corbin at Vanderbilt? Well, he turned down an offer two years ago from LSU which, as I wrote earlier, is paying their coach in the $500,000 range.
You gotta pay to play folks.
So, how will Greg come up with the new money? My suggestion is to sell about 1,000 more season tickets (1,000 new tickets x $140 ticket price equals an additional $140,000). Or, as has been suggested on my forums by StarkDog, raise ticket prices $25 per ticket (5,600 season tickets x the $25 increase equals an additional $140,000).
Ok, not so simple in either case, but that would take care of most of the necessary increase in revenue if you are looking to pay the next head coach a salary in the $400,000 range.
Ok, now that I have that problem solved, on to figuring out where to come up with the money for the new Indoor Basketball Practice Facility.
3:15 pm. - As for head baseball coaches, what's the going rate?
This is just a few salaries of high-profile coaches that I found on the internet after an extensive search. From what I gather, the two at the top of my list are the tops in the nation. If there is a ? by the name, then that means their is in that range.