The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: Basketball, Football and Baseball

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1) How do you feel about the idea of Virginia Tech, in 2020, paying the men’s basketball coach more than the football coach? – PadrosWindup

Chris Coleman: Justin Fuente is set to make $3.5 million during the 2019 season, and $3.65 million in 2020.  Paying a men’s basketball coach more than that would mean Virginia Tech would be paying a top 12 salary.  I think Buzz Williams is a top 10 coach, but I think it would be very difficult for Whit Babcock to hire another top 10 coach if Williams decides to go to Texas A&M.

Per the USA Today coaching salaries database, here are the top 12 highest paid coaches in the country…

1: John Calipari, Kentucky, $9.2 million
2: Coach K, Duke, $7.05 million
3: Tom Izzo, Michigan State, $4.16 million
4: Tony Bennett, Virginia, $4.15 million
5: Bill Self, Kansas, $4.07 million
6: Chris Mack, Louisville, $4.01 million
7: Roy Williams, UNC, $3.93 million
8: Jay Wright, Villanova, $3.88 million
9: Bob Huggins, WVU, $3.85 million
10: John Beilein, Michigan, $3.8 million
11: Larry Krystkowiak, Utah, $3.57 million
12: Gregg Marshall, Wichita State, $3.5 million

(For comparison’s sake, here’s a list from November 2018 of the top paid coaches in 2018, from The USA Today list is for 2019.)

Buzz Williams is No. 21 on that list at $3 million,