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To stay competitive, UD pays coach well
Some University of Delaware football fans were probably a bit taken aback to find that their team’s coach is being paid $310,662 a year. Some were likely not surprised, given the financial state of college football in recent years, and still others are certainly nonplused by the whole disclosure of a coach’s salary.
Coach K.C. Keeler, himself a UD graduate and former player, was hired in 2002, and save for a couple of mediocre years, has taken the Blue Hens to the highest level of the I-AA football playoffs.
Mr. Keeler, according to figures first disclosed by The Review, the university’s newspaper, was paid a base salary of $251,083 in 2008 plus $37,000 in earned incentives. Other reportable income of $22,579 brought his total to over $310,000. That apparently makes Mr. Keeler the second-highest-paid football coach in the Colonial Athletic Association, behind Georgia State’s Bill Curry, whose team begins CAA competition next year.
Delaware football fans are a demanding bunch. They are not happy when their team loses and expect the highest level of play. This year so far, the team is 3-0.
The new salary information is likely to ramp up the growing discontent among season ticket holders on new charges for parking and athletic department contributions.
But that’s common in several of the larger CAA schools, and necessary to fund the program. And while Coach Keeler’s salary is higher than most, it’s in the general range of similar schools.
Being competitive isn’t cheap.