But you already knew that. What is interesting is how that relates to WVU's peers. Only Louisville in the Big East spent more on coaches ($26.7 million), while Connecticut was in the same ballpark ($24.2 million). Cincinnati and South Florida's coaches are paupers at just $14 million, while Rutgers spent $20.1 million. Those are the only public institutions in the Big East (Pitt is only quasi-public).
As for the Big 12, that's a different story.
As far as paying coaches, West Virginia is roughly in the middle of the Big 12, but the numbers are far more varied. Iowa State and Kansas State pay out less than $20 million a year to coaches. Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are in the low $20 million range.
But then Kansas pays its coaches $28.6 million and that number has actually decreased each of the last two reporting periods. Oklahoma pays Bob Stoops and company $33.5 million, and Texas pays a whopping $49.9 million, 10 percent of it to Mack Brown alone.
Granted, there are hidden factors in all those numbers. Texas sponsors far more sports than is mainstream, thus there are more coaches to pay. On the other hand, West Virginia is at the bare minimum in sports sponsored, which suggests that its coaches are pretty well compensated on average.
But as the numbers would suggest, where WVU is headed it has to be done.
And finally, somehow I've managed to get on the mailing list of a PR firm that sends me all sorts of gambling odds. According to a book called Bovada, the odds are already out on next year's NCAA basketball championship.
If you're in the adjacent Kentucky-Indiana area you'll like them. Indiana is 7-1 to win, Louisville 8-1 and Kentucky 10-1 to repeat. Those are the top three.
West Virginia is a 50-1 shot.
I bring that up because if you want an early line on WVU's first year in the Big 12, well, Bob Huggins' team is in the top tier. Kansas is 18-1, Baylor 25-1 and Texas 35-1. Kansas State and Oklahoma are listed at 75-1and Iowa State and Oklahoma State at 100-1. That's where the list stops, so apparently Texas Tech and TCU are the bottom feeders.
Just so you know.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.