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‘A good basketball coach fills seats and brings publicity and (money) to a university. A good sociology professor doesn’t. How much would you pay to watch an English class?’ Carl123

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RealFAST ONLINE COMMENTS

The story: Sean Miller reportedly will be paid $18 million to coach the University of Arizona’s men’s basketball team for the next seven years.

Your take: Is anyone worth that kind of money? The Citizen’s online community debates. Some readers note that Miller’s salary will come from the UA athletic department’s budget and won’t be paid by taxpayers; others say that’s irrelevant – it’s excessive, period.

Some representative comments:

• “No one, no one is worth that money.” – AZJD

• “The regents ought to have heartburn when they write paychecks for the left-lib professors (who) do nothing all day but complain and produce idealistic robots. Close the sociology department. . . . ” – holland

“Close the sociology department, and you’ll have more Bernie Madoffs.” – sagandraxan

• “$18 million to hire someone to train our local scholars-in-training to throw a ball through a hoop. Absurd. The university deserves every cut in funds it gets.” – wea

• “(UA’s athletics department) doesn’t even receive a penny from taxpayers or state budget. . . . Asking the athletics department to not spend that money and use it on professors is just like asking Raytheon to fork over money for UA professors.” – Dmusic

• “Good God. $18 million! The rest of us are barely making it out here. That’s . . . insane.” – 2998

• “The benefits and return on investment outweigh the cost. Believe it! Tucson will continue to be a visible player in the sports and academic world because of the these types of investments.” – davidrodriguez

Compiled by PAUL SCHWALBACH

pschwalb@tucsoncitizen.com

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