by Mac Cerullo
University of Connecticut
Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma are worth a lot to the University of Connecticut, between the money they bring in annually in ticket sales and the publicity their programs bring to the school. But are they worth their own weight in gold?
Not based on their annual earnings.
According to the most recently available Connecticut payroll data, Calhoun and Auriemma — head coaches of the university's men's and women's basketball teams, respectively — are the two highest paid state employees for the second year in a row.
In fiscal year 2011, Calhoun earned $2,403,223.54 in total compensation. According to the athletic department, Calhoun currently weighs roughly 205 pounds, and today, gold is valued at $1,666.50 per ounce. That would place the value of Calhoun's weight in gold at $4,982,026.75, well over his annual salary.