14 basketball coaches making at least $3 million in 2017-18

While the debate over paying college athletes continues, 14 men's basketball coaches earned at least $3 million this season, according to an annual list published Wednesday by USA Today.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, at $8.98 million, and Kentucky coach John Calipari, at $7.45 million, continued to top the list, with each getting a sizable raise this season. Krzyzewski saw an increase of more than $1.5 million this year, and Calipari's salary went up almost $1 million.

Arizona's Sean Miller leads all Pac-12 coaches at $3.65 million (sixth on the list). Hisstatus at the school is unclear amid an ESPN report that he was involved in a discussion regarding a $100,000 payment to a recruit.

Ohio State's Chris Holtmann, third on the list at $7.14 million, is one of four Big Ten coaches making at least $3 million. Holtmann's contract will pay him about $3 million this year in annual compensation, including base salary, media appearances and money from sponsors Coca-Cola and Nike, as well as deferred compensation. The $7 million includes money that Ohio State had to pay for Holtmann's buyout from Butler, as well as taxes on the buyout.

The others in the Big Ten's $3 million club are Michigan State's Tom Izzo at $3.65 million (fifth), Michigan's John Beilein at $3.37 million (ninth) and Indiana's Archie Miller at $3.2 million (10th).

Kansas' Bill Self leads Big 12 coaches with a salary of $4.77 million, fourth on the list. Other top-grossing coaches from the conference are West Virginia's Bob Huggins at $3.75 million (seventh), Texas' Shaka Smart at $3.1 million (11th) and Oklahoma's Lon Kruger at $3.1 million (12th).

Utah's Larry Krystkowiak is eighth at $3.39 million.Wichita State's Gregg Marshall and Virginia's Tony Bennett each make $3 million.
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