Steve Alford’s salary is 14.8 times higher than John Wooden’s pay

Dan Guerrero, Steve Alford

UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, left, and Steve Alford listen to a speaker during the introduction of Alford as the Bruins’ new men’s basketball coach on April 2, 2013.

(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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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