Steve Alford’s salary is 14.8 times higher than John Wooden’s pay
The recent heated discussion over the merits of Steve Alford’s salary to coach basketball at UCLA included a little analysis from reader Scott Ninegar.
John Wooden was paid $6,000 to coach the Bruins in 1948, his first season at UCLA. In today’s dollars, Ninegar calculated, Wooden’s $6,000 would be $57,994 when adjusted for inflation.
Wooden’s final salary in the 1975 season, when he won his 10th NCAA title, was $40,500. Ninegar calculated that would now be $175,358.
Alford’s salary is $2.6 million a year for seven years.
Ninegar has that at 14.8 times what Wooden’s $175,358 would have been after adjusting for inflation.
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