Originally posted by BigE23: "Yet Crean makes nearly a million dollars a year more than Painter."
Crean got the big paycheck, because to have to pay a premium to lure someone into a cesspool. Sampson created a situation that made IU very unattractive to good coaches, unless they offered BIG BAGS of MONEY!!
Crean actually took a very small pay cut to take the Indiana job. His final year at Marquette, he earned just a shade under $2.4MM. Marquette spends money on its basketball program. Crean's top assistant (Williams) was making nearly 300k. Even after the 30% raises for the Purdue assistant coaches after last season, Purdue was paying less than 400k for all three.