WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue Men's Basketball Coach Matthew Painter's pay raise putshim on the short list of top paid public employees in the state.And he'll now be making more than anyone else at Purdue, includingthe university's president.
"The compensation structure is $1.3 million, guaranteed.Everything else you have to earn," said Morgan Burke, PurdueAthletic Director.
Annually that could mean as much as one million more dollars peryear for extras like sponsorships, team academic performance andtrips to the NCAA tournament.
Even without the "everything else," Painter now finds himselfmaking more than Purdue President France Cordova, and AthleticDirector Morgan Burke himself.
"We want to be as fair as we possibly can," Burke said. "We'vegot to live within our means. At the same time we want to berespectful of both the marketplace and the ability he's shown tolead the program."
Burke said Painter's salary will not rely on taxpayer money, butinstead will come mostly from ticket sales.
"Purdue athletics is all self-supporting," he said. "And whatdoes that mean? It means there's no money from the stategovernment, there's no money from the student fees and there's nomoney from the university."
Even so, some members of the community think this money could bebetter spent elsewhere.
"$1.3 million is a little bit ridiculous," said local residentMatt Taylor. "The President of the United States' base salary is$200,000, so I think we need to bring things into perspective alittle bit."
Editor's note: The salary of the President of the United States is actually $400,000.
"They want to give a college basketball a raise and an extensionon his contract, when they want to close schools and they'recutting teachers' salaries and cutting teachers' positions," saidlocal resident Erick Shamp. "I don't think it's right at all. Allwe're doing is teaching kids that sports is what's important andeducation is not."
But to other Hoosiers, Painter's contract extension is moneywell spent.
"I think it's awesome," said local resident Jeff Mamman. "He'sdoing a great job. We're proud of him here in Lafayette and WestLafayette."
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