Pete Carroll Gets, Earns the Largest Paycheck at USC

Pete Carroll makes more money than anyone at any private university in the nation. His $4.4 million salary for the 2006-2007 season was far higher than any university president in the nation — USC president Steven B. Sample made just $900,000 that year, and has since cut back like many university presidents to help out schools during troubling economic times, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

So get up on the soapbox and start complaining about how the priorities out our bastions of higher learning are way out of whack, our priorities upside down.

Except, you’d be wrong. Carroll has more than paid his way at USC, and we’re not talking about that one measly BCS title:

Carroll's hiring has paid off for USC in more than just football titles.

The football program's success also has fueled athletic-department revenue that has grown from $38.6 million in Carroll's first season at USC to more than $76 million in 2007-08.

That includes donations and endowment income that has risen from $13.7 million in 2001-02 to $39 million.

Those donations and endowments reach beyond the athletic department and into the university itself and betters the situation for every student on that campus. And that pattern is repeated at schools like Notre Dame, Stanford and other private colleges around the nation.

If you want to argue that college professors and teachers at all levels are underpaid, you are in the right and should scream from the mountaintops. But to tie that to what Carroll and others earn and bring in to their employers is a big mistake. 

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