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Reader's View: How can university justify huge salaries for coaches?

Former University of Minnesota Duluth coach Shannon Miller did a great job for the women's hockey program. She will be greatly missed. Her departure apparently had to do with money, among other issues. If that was the case, it would seem UMD mess...

Former University of Minnesota Duluth coach Shannon Miller did a great job for the women’s hockey program. She will be greatly missed.
Her departure apparently had to do with money, among other issues. If that was the case, it would seem UMD messed up when it decided to pay Miller more than twice the going rate for her job. Obviously that decision contributed to UMD’s $5 million debt.
In spite of UMD’s debt, the University of Minnesota and President Eric Kaler doubled the salary of University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill, from $1.2 million to $2.2 million. Why would the University Board of Regents permit people in leadership positions to be so extravagant with taxpayers’ money by paying coaches such high salaries, often higher than professors, college presidents and even the governor of Minnesota?
It’s my understanding that even Gov. Mark Dayton can’t raise salaries to whatever amount he wants without legislative approval. Is there a double standard here?
Why do we taxpayers sit back and permit universities to “fritter” away our tax dollars on such high salaries? Wouldn’t those tax dollars be better spent on our students and on lowering tuition?
P.S. I recently read in the News Tribune that the University of Michigan’s new football coach was given $40 million over seven years. Go figure!
Ronald Johnson
Saginaw

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