What do Illinois and Oregon football have in common?

What do Illinois and Oregon football have in common?

Tim Beckman has posted a 5-15 record during his brief tenure at Illinois.

Mark Helfrich has Oregon at 8-0 heading into Thursday night's showdown at Stanford and on the cusp of a possible spot in the BCS title game if the Ducks keep their perfect record intact.

Yet the two coaches are making almost the same amount of money. Helfrich's base salary is $1.8 million, just a notch higher than Beckman's base salary of $1.7 million, according to data compiled by USA Today.

Beckman checks in as the 60th-highest paid FBS coach while Helfrich is listed at No. 56. Even though Helfrich already has three more wins in 12 less games compared to Beckman.

Alabama coach Nick Saban tops the list of coaches, earning $5,545,852. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer heads the list of Big Ten coaches, raking in a cool $4,608,000 to find himself sixth on the list.

Beckman is the 10th-highest paid Big Ten coach, with only Kevin Wilson at Indiana (66th, $1,291,000) and Jerry Kill at Minnesota (67th, $1.2 million) trailing Beckman's salary.


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jjohnson wrote on November 06, 2013 at 5:11 pm

I know that I contribute to this nonsense, but, really, aren't our societal priorities out-of-whack? I am not talking about what Tim Beckman is paid, competition is what drives all this, but the pretense that this has anything to do with why we have a great university is increasingly difficult for me to try to finesse. I tell myself that I am helping some kid who might otherwise not get a college education to get one, and that is occassionally true, but $4 and $5 million for the orchestrators of Saturday diversion? That would pay a lot of kids' tuitions. ESPN and BTN, you have corrupted us all, and we have been willing to be corrupted.

Yet I'll be there in my seat and pay my FISF contributions and expect us to be competitive. 

Is there virtue in knowing that I am a self-deluding hypocrite? I doubt it.

GlenM wrote on November 06, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Not sure what the point of the article is. 

1.  Great teams/programs/companies can sometimes get away with paying less for leadership than what one might think because they offer better opportunity and higher future career earnings.  Bad teams/programs/companies sometimes overpay to get someone to lead them because that person's future career earnings are at risk.

2. Darrell Hazell at Purdue apparently makes more than Beckman and has even fewer wins this year.  Which means pretty much nothing, except that Hazell is also potentially committing career suicide so is getting paid to do so.

A football coach gets paid a lot because people like to watch football on TV.  And if he wins, he's worth every penny.  If he doesn't win, he won't make much money for long.  Seems fair to me.




pberg wrote on November 07, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Not a thing.  Oregon has actually done something to make themselves better in the last 20 years.  The U of I has actually went backwards in the last 20 years.  A few good years but always recedes and never has any consistency.  Please no more of Tim Beckman has done enough to get one more season.  For what reason, please spend some money to make it later.  Overpay to get someone who would come here to do something with the trainwreck that is Illinois Football.  This is not going to get it done.   Beckman is not going to cause the rise of The Illini Phoenix.