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Daily readers think school paying too much

By Franklin Harris
fharris@decaturdaily.com · 340-2394

The University of Alabama has a new head football coach, but most readers responding to The Daily’s online poll think the cost is too much.

The poll asked, “What’s an appropriate annual salary for a winning University of Alabama football coach?” and 281 people voted in the unscientific survey, which ended at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The results are all follows:

  • Less than $360,000 — 76 votes, 27.05 percent.

  • Mike DuBose level, $360,000 — 23 votes, 8.19 percent.

  • Dennis Franchione level, $1 million — 46 votes, 16.37 percent.

  • Mike Shula level, $1.65 million — 61 votes, 21.71 percent.

  • Jackpot level, $4 million — 50 votes, 17.79 percent.

  • More than $4 million — 25 votes, 8.9 percent.

    “The key word here is ‘winner,’ ” wrote Bobby Matthews of Decatur in an e-mail. “I agree with the Jackpot level or more, as long as the compensation is related to winning. The compensation should be in a progressive amount over several years.

    “The news should explain to the public that these large salaries do not come totally from taxpayers money. A large percentage comes from donations, TV, advertisers, etc.”

    But Sandra Lowery of Decatur wrote: “Didn’t Saban state firmly he had no interest in or plans to come to Alabama?

    "How much is a man worth who so easily changes his mind and his word?

    "Perhaps the state of Alabama should attempt to get a professional team and not pretend it is college football.

    "Four million would pay for a lot of scholarships for college students."

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