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College coaches are the highest paid state employees in 40 states … and by a pretty substantial margin. So what exactly do the states receive in return for laying out all of that taxpayer dough? It’s debatable. Former UConn Head Coach Jim Calhoun was as unapologetic over receiving millions from Connecticut while the state was in crisis as he was about leaving the UConn basketball program in tatters and the dismal graduation rate (under 30 percent) of his players.

In terms of handsome payouts, Second Round Loser Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski leads the pack at over 9.5 million a year.

John Calipari, who USA Today dubbed “the worldwide leader in Final Four asterisks,” has the dubious distinction of having two vacated titles under his belt. The first one was after he took UMass to the Final Four in 1996 and then again with Memphis in 2008. The NCAA expunged both teams Final Four appearances and 42 wins from the record books. If you thought this type of record would prevent him from moving on to another NCAA Division I team, jokes on you. The Kentucky Wildcats couldn’t wait to throw millions at Calipari to tie his style of success to their institute of higher learning. And these savvy coaches have built into their contracts that even if they fail or break the rules, the money will keep rolling in.

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Coach K says he supports the NCAA's decision to pull sporting events out of North Carolina over 'embarrassing' bathroom law

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Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski supports the NCAA’s decision to pull seven postseason sporting events from North Carolina over HB2, also known as the “bathroom law.”

“I’m in full agreement with that,” Krzyzewski said while speaking to Business Insider to promote the launch of his new leadership program “PowerForward.”

Krzyzewski said he still feels the same as when he was asked about HB2 at the start of USA men’s basketball’s training sessions in Las Vegas prior to the Olympics.

“I said during the start of our [USA Basketball] practice sessions in Vegas, when asked about HB2, I said it’s embarrassing and it still is embarrassing.”

On Monday, Duke athletic director and vice president Kevin White released a statement on behalf of Duke saying they supported the NCAA’s decision.

“I would reference what my athletic director Kevin White put out yesterday,” Krzyzewski said. “It was a great statement, that I agree 100% with what he did, and obviously, it’s a statement from our university, too, since he’s the vice president.”

“I’m in full agreement with it.”

Duke’s statement said:

“We agree with the NCAA’s decision. Our position has been clear on this matter, which is that this legislation is discriminatory, troubling and embarrassing. We deplore any efforts to deprive individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, of legal protection and rights. We will always be committed to diversity and inclusion, and applaud any efforts to ensure that those values are protected and enacted at all times, and in all places in the state of North Carolina.”

Previously, Albany also backed out of a men’s basketball game at Duke because of New York’s travel ban to North Carolina over HB2. Vermont’s women’s basketball team also cancelled a trip to play UNC Chapel Hill because of the law.

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Coach K says he supports the NCAA's decision to pull sporting events out of North Carolina over 'embarrassing' bathroom law

(Andy Lyons/Getty)
Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski supports the NCAA’s decision to pull seven postseason sporting events, including NCAA Tournament basketball games, from North Carolina over HB2, the so-called bathroom law.

“I’m in full agreement with that,” Krzyzewski said Tuesday while speaking with Business Insider to promote the launch of his new leadership program, PowerForward.

Krzyzewski said he still felt the same as when he was asked about HB2 at the start of the US men’s basketball team’s training sessions in Las Vegas before the Olympics.

“I said during the start of our practice sessions in Vegas, when asked about HB2, I said it’s embarrassing, and it still is embarrassing.”

The law prevents local governments from passing nondiscrimination ordinances for LGBT people, and it is best known for barring transgender people from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

Kevin White, Duke’s athletic director and vice president, released a statement on behalf of Duke saying it supported the NCAA’s decision.

“I would reference what my athletic director Kevin White put out yesterday,” Krzyzewski said. “It was a great statement, that I agree 100% with what he did, and obviously, it’s a statement from our university, too, since he’s the vice president.”

“I’m in full agreement with it.”

Duke’s statement said:

“We agree with the NCAA’s decision. Our position has been clear on this matter, which is that this legislation is discriminatory, troubling and embarrassing. We deplore any efforts to deprive individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, of legal protection and rights. We will always be committed to diversity and inclusion, and applaud any efforts to ensure that those values are protected and enacted at all times, and in all places in the state of North Carolina.”

Previously, the University of Albany backed out of a men’s basketball game at Duke because of New York’s ban of state-sponsored travel to North Carolina over HB2. The University of Vermont’s women’s basketball team also canceled a trip to play the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill because of the law.

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