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Just Win Baby? Determinants of NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Coaching Compensation

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  • Randy R. Grant

    () (Linfield College)

  • John C. Leadley

    () (Western Oregon University)

  • Zenon X. Zygmont

    () (Western Oregon University)

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The paper estimates the key determinants of compensation for head football coaches in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision (the former D-IA) during the years 2006- 2010. Coaching compensation is regressed on variables capturing a coach’s personal characteristics, productivity, and institutional characteristics. The results yield seven important explanatory variables. Four are coach specific: BCS ranking, recruiting success, lifetime winning percentage, and years of experience. The remaining three are institutional: football revenue, enrollment, and graduation rate. No estimate of a compensation function for a head football coach has appeared previously in the literature.

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  • Randy R. Grant & John C. Leadley & Zenon X. Zygmont, 2013. "Just Win Baby? Determinants of NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Coaching Compensation," International Journal of Sport Finance, Fitness Information Technology, vol. 8(1), pages 61-74, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:jsf:intjsf:v:8:y:2013:i:1:p:61-74
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    1. Avery, Christopher & Cadman, Brian & Cassar, Gavin, 2016. "Academics vs. Athletics: Career Concerns for NCAA Division I Coaches," Working Paper Series 16-013, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
    2. Garner, Jacqueline & Humphrey, Phillip R. & Simkins, Betty, 2016. "The business of sport and the sport of business: A review of the compensation literature in finance and sports," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 47(C), pages 197-204.

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    NCAA; coaching compensation; Football Bowl Subdivision;

    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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