An article by Jerry Carino highlights salaries being made by Rutgers coaches. His premise is that in this economic climate, C. Vivian Stringer getting paid $1.6 million in 2014 just doesn't make sense. And other writers supported the idea.
Hey, you may think so, too. But that was last year. Stringer's contract expired and Julie Hermann did a good job in making the new contract more incentive-laden, including attendance figures.
Now according to the article, CVS' salary came out to about $53 per person in attendance at WBB home games. What does that mean? You need to see that figure in context. And Carino does that:
To get a sense of how fiscally disproportionate that is, consider this: At $53 per attendee, Kyle Flood would make $16.1 million and men's hoops coach Eddie Jordan would pull in $4.7 million.
Well, that was then and this is now. Stringer's contract is significantly lower. My feeling, though, is that she's worth the money. The program wins, it does it the right way, and, despite not being a National Champion, she's brought Rutgers to great heights and recognition. And from simply a PR stand point, do you know anyone who follows women's hoops that doesn't know Stringer is the coach at Rutgers? Hey, she's not only in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, she's enshrined in Springfield -- the Naismith HOF! The big one!
Ignoring ttfc*, because we all know who their coach is (bleech!), tell me who the women's coach is at No. 2 South Carolina, or No. 3 Baylor, or.....you get the idea.
As for attendance, women's attendance is up. A lot. With one home game to go, women's hoops has already surpassed last year's total attendance, and done so with only 14 games. There were 15 home games in 2013-14.
For what it's worth, it also drops her "per person" salary to about $21/attendee. Of course, at that rate, Flood's salary would still be in the Meyer/Saban stratosphere.
A quick look at the men and the story is better, too, albeit with very different on court results.
Boost those numbers
The men and women close out their regular season home schedules in the next week. They will be honoring the seniors. It would be nice if the crowds were large and loud. Be there!
|3/01/15||vs. Indiana||RAC||2:00 p.m. ET|
|3/03/15||vs. Maryland||RAC||7:00 p.m. ET|
* that team from connecticut