All in the service of ‘amateur’ athletics, of course

The Chronicle of Higher Education adds up the salaries of the 14 highest-paid NCAA executives and comes up with a grand total of $6 million for the 2008-09 academic year. New president Mark Emmert’s salary hasn’t been disclosed, but it’s speculated to be in the $1 million annual range, around the same as his predecessor, the late Myles Brand.

As Andy Katz points out, about $1.2 million of that subsequently has been shaved away due to the recent retirements of three long-time officials, incuding Tom Jernstedt.

I’m still digesting the recently-released NCAA report on revenues and expenses covering 2004-2009 (download the PDF here); the organization’s in-house summary is here).

As for the highest paid college athletics director in the country, who abruptly “retired” this week, as a growing ticket scandal has grown enough legs to prompt a federal investigation, among other inquiries? That’s Lew Perkins of Kansas, which has announced that his going-away package amounts to $2 million, or half his 2009 annual salary. (h/t The Wiz of Odds)

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