Originally written on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 4/12/13
According to Curtis Eichelberger of Bloomberg.com, Rick Pitino will receive a $425,000 bonus for winning the 2013 National Championship. Pitino was already set to make $5.7 million this year, making him the highest paid coach in college basketball. It’s hard to argue that Pitino isn’t worth every penny, considering the Louisville basketball program brings in more than any other college basketball program. Its $40.9 million in revenue for the 2010-11 school year was $12.0 million more than the next biggest-money maker, Duke. Pitino earned bonuses of $50,000 each for winning the Big East tournament and tying for the Big East regular-season title, and another $175,000 for advancing to the NCAA semifinals. The NCAA championship added $150,000. He can earn additional bonuses for academic achievement and coach of the year honors.
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