This year’s Final Four coaches have one thing in common: None is among the 10 highest-paid coaches in the NCAA tournament. USA Today released its annual list of men’s college basketball coaches’ salaries among NCAA tournament teams Wednesday, and while the Bluegrass State duo of Rick Pitino and John Calipari tops all tournament coaches in total pay, Oregon’s Dana Altman is the highest-paid tournament coach whose team is still standing this season. Altman’s total pay of $2.651 million comes in at No. 11 nationally among tournament teams, leading all Final Four coaches.
Theo Pinson Sr. was owning the Peabody Hotel lobby Sunday night in downtown Memphis. Wearing a baby blue jersey with his son’s number on it, Pinson was laughing and talking and reliving North Carolina’s thrilling victory over Kentucky to reach the Final Four. Theo Jr. played a huge part in that victory, making several key plays in the final five minutes.
If you followed it a little closer than that, you might know that Northwestern’s loss to Gonzaga was lightly marred by a missed goaltending call that led to a tech on Wildcats coach Chris Collins that resulted in a large swing in points that arguably changed the game in the second half. Northwestern students have not forgotten, it seems. On it is a photo of Zach Collins goaltending for Gonzaga.