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Highest Paid In Washington? Coaches

The official report of state employee salaries for 2013 is out, and as usual the highest-paid people on the list are coaches at Washington’s major universities. Former University of Washington football head coach Steve Sarkisian topped the list for the fourth straight year, pulling down $2.6 million in 2013 before leaving in December to return to the University of Southern California. Second on the list is Washington State University football head coach Mike Leach at $2.3 million, followed by UW head basketball coach Lorenzo Romar at $1.9 million, WSU head basketball coach Ken Bone at $870,143 and UW assistant football coach Justin Wilcox at $799,259/Jim Camden, SR. More here. (AP file photo: WSU coach Mike Leach complains about a call in 2013 Apple Cup)

DFO: I suspect that the highest paid state employees in Idaho are coaches, too.

Question: Do you see anything wrong with coaches being the highest paid public employees in a given state?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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