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Washington State's Mike Leach among Power 5's top underpaid, says CBS Sports; But proper context also necessary here

WASHINGTON STATE's MIKE LEACH, with a $2.95 million salary, is No. 4 on the list of most underpaid Power 5 coaches says CBS Sports.

4. Mike Leach, Washington State ($2.950 million):
Paying Leach includes accepting who he is and letting him do his thing. There is some unwritten value to that for an administrator who goes into the process of hiring Leach as the school's coach. But in 2016 it looks like Leach has a group that will rebound from an FCS loss and finish as a Pac-12 North title contender. The $3 million price tag is expensive, but what if comes with spoiling your rival's season in the Apple Cup?

CBS Sports compared a coach's salary for the 2016 season to how his team has started on the field to come up its list.

But putting Leach's salary into the proper context is necessary here. Comparing Leach's salary to his fellow coaches is not an apples to apple proposition -- the cost of living differential in Pullman to other Pac-12/Power 5 cities is strikingly different.

According to bestplaces.net, the cost of living is 48 percent more expensive in L.A. than in Pullman, with housing 119 percent more expensive in LA than Pullman. 

Put another way, a salary of $50,000 in Pullman would need to increase to $74,000 to be comparable to LA. That's a whole lot of sushi rolls.

For CBS Sports full article, CLICK HERE.


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