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How do the highest-paid college basketball coaches stack up to their football counterparts?

The top coaches in college basketball jockey to be the highest-paid coaches on campus.

(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

USA TODAY Sports released its college football coaching salary database for 2014-15, reminding us how much money is being shelled out for the leaders of the top programs. However, the top coaches in college basketball are extremely well compensated themselves and would in most cases be the highest-paid employees on their respective campuses . . . if not for the college football coaches.

Collectively, the highest-paid college basketball coaches average over $380,000 less annually than their football counterparts on campus. The top 10 college football coaches average over $4.91 million compared to over $4.53 million in college basketball, and the gap is not as close as it seems.

According to the USA TODAY Sports database, the tenth highest-paid college football coach, South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, brings in over $4 million per year, which would be good enough for fifth among college basketball coaches. The average on the basketball side is inflated due to Coach K’s eye-popping compensation that makes him far and away the highest-paid coach in college sports. Although, Alabama’s doing its best to keep Nick Saban in the ballpark.

According to USA TODAY Sports’ most recent college basketball coaching salary database, here are the 10 highest-paid college basketball coaches patrolling the sidelines this season:

1. Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) – $9.68 million

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Preseason No. 3

2. Rick Pitino (Louisville) – $5.76 million

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Preseason No. 9

3. John Calipari (Kentucky) – $5.51 million

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Preseason No. 1

4. Bill Self (Kansas) – $4.96 million

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Preseason No. 5

5. Billy Donovan (Florida) – $3.91 million

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Preseason No. 7

6. Tom Izzo (Michigan State) – $3.89 million

(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Preseason No. 18

7. Steve Alford (UCLA) – $3.47 million

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Preseason unranked

8. Thad Matta (Ohio State ) – $3.28 million

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Preseason No. 20

9. Josh Pastner (Memphis) – $2.65 million

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Preseason unranked

10. Sean Miller (Arizona) – $2.63 million

(Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
(Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

Preseason No. 2

Wondering who isn’t among the 10 highest-paid, but whose teams are in the preseason top 10? If the season shakes out anything like the preseason rankings, these are four coaches that may be looking to restructure their deals:

Bo Ryan (Wisconsin) – $2.41 million

(Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
(Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

Preseason No. 4

Roy Williams (North Carolina) – $1.83 million

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Preseason No. 6

Tony Bennett (Virginia) – $2.29 million

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Preseason No. 8

Rick Barnes (Texas) – $2.55 million

(Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)
(Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)

Preseason No. 10

Preseason rankings via USA TODAY Sports men’s basketball coaches poll

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