Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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Making the right comparisons

There have been two sensationalist stories posted this week on smaller websites lamenting the length of time it’s taking USC to find a new coach to replace Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. In both pieces, the same number is floated as being the proposed salary of the new Trojan coach. And in both stories, the writer concludes that this is unjust because it’s not equal to some man’s salary.

That’s not an apt comparison, because female coaches make less than male coaches.

I compared the earnings of all of the Pac-12 coaches in this story about the USC situation. It’s more appropriate. And it’s freaking me out that the one coach who has won 1,000 career games might make the least amount of money in the conference.

It proves the salary gender gap point quite well.

USC mum on 46-day-old coach search

GalenCenter.org file photo.
GalenCenter.org file photo.
GalenCenter.org 2016 file photo.

Arguably the longest-standing search for a new college head coach this year is at the University of Southern California.

Cynthia Cooper-Dyke stepped down March 3 after four years at the helm, and the position remains unfilled. One coach publicly turned down USC’s offer last week, while others have been rumored to be candidates for the job. The University is saying little about the situation.

“USC is conducting a search for a women’s basketball head coach. Once the process is complete, the hiring will be announced publicly,” a spokesperson for the school said. “USC does not publicly discuss the specifics of hiring procedures.”

After a successful first year under Cooper-Dyke, the Trojans have languished the last three seasons in the wake of player transfers, academic disqualifications and lack of on-court cohesion. Florida Gulf Coast coach Karl Smesko declined USC’s offer for the job last week. Cardinal assistant coach Kate Paye declared on social media earlier this month that she was “at Stanford to stay” after rumors circulated that she was a candidate.

USC’s salary for the position isn’t available through public records, as it is a private institution. Coach pay throughout the Pac-12 varies widely.

Oregon coach Kelly Graves just signed a new six-year contract that pays him a base $500,000 annually. Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne currently earns $464,000 per year. UCLA did not respond to salary disclosure requests, but coach Cori Close was reported to be making $441,000 in 2013. New Washington coach Jody Wynn begins her tenure with a $400,000 salary.

Oregon State coach Scott Rueck earns $385,000 annually, while Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb, under new contract, now brings in $360,000. Utah coach Lynne Roberts makes $275 per year, and Washington State coach June Daugherty was earning $251,000 in 2013. Arizona coach Adia Barnes’ salary is $235,000, and Colorado coach JR Payne’s is $175,000.

Stanford is also a private school, and the school won’t disclose longtime coach Tara VanDerveer’s annual earnings. But a 2015 SFGate piece said she makes $155,905.

Janel McCarville not under contract with Minnesota Lynx

Janel McCarville, who helped the Minnesota Lynx reach the WNBA Championship series last year, is not under contract with the team this season. Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images.
Janel McCarville, who helped the Minnesota Lynx reach the WNBA Championship series last year, is not under contract with the team this season. Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images.
Janel McCarville, who helped the Minnesota Lynx reach the WNBA Championship series last year, is not under contract with the team this season. Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images.

Janel McCarville may be playing in the WNBA this summer, but it likely won’t be with the Minnesota Lynx.

The 34-year-old veteran forward/center, who suited up for the franchise three of the last four years, is not slated to return this season.

“Janel McCarville is not under contract with the Lynx at this time,” a spokesperson for Minnesota said.

McCarville’s nine-year career in the league began with the Charlotte Sting. After that team folded, she played for the New York Liberty for four years before coming to the Lynx in 2013. McCarville sat out the 2015 season to rest, and returned last year to help lead the team to the WNBA Championship series. She was a star at the University of Minnesota with Lynx teammate Lindsay Whalen, and has been a favorite of Minnesota fans.

McCarville’s agent could not be reached for comment.

WNBA and National Basketball Referees Association approves agreement

WNBA AND NATIONAL BASKETBALL REFEREES ASSOCIATION APPROVE TWO-YEAR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT

NEW YORK, April 17, 2017 – The WNBA announced today that the league has entered its first collective bargaining agreement with the National Basketball Referees Association, which is the union representing the WNBA referees. The two-year agreement begins with the 2017 season.

“We commend our officials for their hard work and dedication to the game and are very pleased to have reached an agreement,” said WNBA President Lisa Borders. “We now look forward to continuing to deliver the best basketball in the world to our fans as our 21st season tips off on May 13.”

Per league policy, terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.

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