Robert Malekoff Quoted on Perks for College Coaches
Faculty member Robert Malekoff was quoted in a newspaper story about 94 Nebraska University administrators and athletic staff receiving perks like cars and country club memberships.
Bob, associate professor and chair of the Sport Studies Department, told the Omaha World-Herald that universities in the big five conferences feel pressure to hire and keep the best coaches. Compensation for coaches has grown at an unsustainable rate, to the point where it raises questions about institutional priorities, he said.
Defenders of big-time college sports argue that perks for coaches are typically bought with money from boosters rather than students or taxpayers. “I think they can point to the idea that this really isn’t costing any money, and that may or may not be fair,” Bob said. “But we still need to look at salaries being one of the big issues.”