Krzyzewski's pay at Duke reaches $5 million per season

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski's pay has reached the $5 million-a-year level, cementing his status as one of the highest paid coaches in college sports.

New tax filings provided by Duke University to The (Raleigh) News & Observer show that Krzyzewski's pay from the private university in Durham topped $4.95 million in 2009, the latest year covered by a required tax filing.

A review of tax records shows that Krzyzewski's pay almost quadrupled in the five years after he was courted by the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers.

Krzyzewski, who is three wins away from becoming the all-time winningest Division I college basketball coach, has steadily moved up in the pay ranks of college basketball coaches. Only Louisville's Rick Pitino, who is paid a base salary of more than $6 million per year, earns more, according to publicly available records.

In football, Alabama coach Nick Saban and Texas coach Mack Brown are both paid more than $5 million a year, records show.

The latest pay figure from Duke does not cover Krzyzewski's pay in 2010 — a year in which Duke won its fourth national title under his coaching tenure.

While Krzyzewski's contract is not public, his compensation as the highest-paid employee at Duke is a required part of a public tax filing.

The tax filing provided is for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, but university officials said Duke reported calendar year 2009 compensation in keeping with IRS regulations. The coach's 2010 compensation will not be available until next year, Duke spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said.

Krzyzewski, who has won 78.7 percent of his games at Duke, declined to comment.

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