By John Pitts
The Associated Press
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Penn State coach Joe Paterno is the school’s best-paid employee.
Records released by the university show the 82-year-old Hall of Famer made more than $1.03 million last year.
That includes his base salary plus bonuses, but does not include compensation from outside the university that top coaches typically collect. His compensation from other sources is not a public record.
The salary information for Paterno and 31 other Penn State employees were released in compliance with a Pennsylvania Right-to-Know law that took effect in January.
Paterno’s salary was once one of college football’s most closely-guarded secrets until his base salary of roughly $500,000 was made public two years ago as part of an open records request of state retirement data initiated by the Patriot News of Harrisburg.
Paterno signed a three-year contract extension in December. He’ll start his record 44th year as head coach this fall.
LSU’s Les Miles and Alabama’s Nick Saban are among the best-paid coaches in the country. Saban’s total compensation package will bring him roughly $3.8 million this year.
Miles last year signed an extension with LSU that guaranteed him $1,000 more than any coach in the SEC.
Miles and Saban coach at public universities, while Penn State is considered a “state-related” institution, with only about 9 percent of its funding from state appropriations.
It’s unclear what coaches such as Pete Carroll at Southern California or Charlie Weis at Notre Dame are paid. They work at private schools that don’t have to disclose salaries.
The second-highest compensation on the Penn State filing was $789,000 for Dr. Robert Harbaugh, chair of the neurosurgery department at Hershey Medical Center.