Alger offers comments on Power 5 coach salaries

Story published Sept. 12, 2023 in The News-Gazette

Last week, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics released a report illustrating just how big “Power 5” conference football coaching salaries had gotten — so big that, at nine universities, compensation for the head coach and 10 on-field assistants now exceeds the total amount spent on scholarships and medical expenses for every student-athlete, across all sports.

Comments provided by Jonathan Alger for this story: “Many presidents across the national landscape are concerned about the escalating costs of intercollegiate athletics. The system needs clear principles and better guardrails to help institutions refocus on their educational mission, and to ensure that athletic programs are structured and integrated so as to reinforce that mission and to promote the educational benefits of athletics.

“The Knight Commission has sought to provide such principles and to offer concrete, practical suggestions for reform. I hope that these ideas will spur serious discussion among all the relevant parties.”

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Published: Thursday, October 12, 2023

Last Updated: Thursday, October 12, 2023

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