Sponsors: Nike, Panini, Hublot Nike is taking care of its schools in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. Gonzaga and Oregon got a pep talk from Nike athlete and former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant in Arizona. No specifics have been released
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.
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.