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November 11, 2009 2:00 PM More on Overpaid Football Coaches

By Jesse Singal

Inside Higher Ed highlights has some more disturbing numbers on that whole whole college-football-coaches-are-overpaid thing.

For each school below, the middle column is the average salary of an assistant football coach at that institution. The right column is the average salary of a professor there.

Louisiana State U. * $302,809 * $110,600
U. of Alabama * $300,283 * $115,700
U. of Tennessee * $369,000 * $100,800
U. of Texas at Austin * $327,000 * $132,300

As Inside Higher Ed points out, this enervates one of the arguments in favor of high coach pay: that schools must compensate high-profile coaches generously, because otherwise they will be plucked up by rival programs. Surely this can’t also apply to assistant coaches.

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.