Kentucky Blog - College

USA Today released a nifty tool on Wednesday that allows you to take a look at the salaries of the country's 124 athletic directors. Here's the link.

The numbers are broken down into salary and other pay, and there's a separate category for bonuses. UK's Mitch Barnhart is the 24th-highest paid athletics director in the country. He makes $650,000 in salary from the school, along with $4,000 in extra pay for a grand total of $654,000.

That's not a paltry sum, and it puts him in an interesting place. He doesn't sniff the highest salaries in the database, but he's ahead of some of the heavyweights. Louisville's Tom Jurich comes in second at $1.4 million annually before bonuses, while conference mates like Vanderbilt's David Williams and Florida's Jeremy Foley make $3.2 million and $1.2 million, respectively. They're first and third in the nation.

Landing 24th puts Barnhart between Missouri's Mike Alden and the Naval Academy's Chet Gladchuk.

He's ahead of some big names, like West Virginia's Oliver Luck (father of Andrew Luck and former NFL Europa CEO), Alabama's Mal Moore, and Georgia's Greg McGarity. Barnhart is eighth in the SEC, almost squarely in the middle of the conference.

It's worth noting that 11 private schools didn't have data listed. Among those is USC, and Trojan AD Pat Haden could well make more than Barnhart.

Quite a few of his proteges are on the list as well. Former lieutenants Greg Byrne (Arizona, $600,000), Scott Stricklin (Mississippi State, $450,000), Rob Mullens (Oregon, $500,000) and Mark Coyle (Boise State, $333,000) are doing well for themselves.

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