Winning Pays Off for Top Coaches

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The Birmingham (Ala.) News

This investigative report finds that many of Alabama’s high school football coaches are receiving perks once reserved for top-ranked college coaches, including new vehicles, clothing endorsements, income from sports camps and consulting and speaking fees. However, the News found that few coaches consistently file state-mandated disclosure forms reporting such additional income. While some coaches have voiced concern, others defend the practice as compensation for low salaries and the extreme pressure to win – pressure that in at least one case resulted in changing grades and fielding ineligible players. “Twenty years ago … a high school coach didn’t get fired unless he slapped somebody,” one coach told reporters. “Now he gets fired if he loses.” Nov. 4,