St. Patrick's Day: Best/worst spent green
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
We continue to work the green angle on St. Patrick's Day.
Up next: money.
In this economy, we all wish we had some more. So who's spent their money well? And poorly?
Pete Carroll's salary: No football coach has ever made $4.4 million a year. No other football coach has played in seven consecutive BCS bowl games. And won six of them.
Oregon's facilities: Crack wise about sugar daddy Phil Knight's exorbitant patronage, but just about any program in the country would trade facilities with the Ducks.
Mike Riley's salary: Riley makes about $1 million a year, which ranks in the bottom third of the Pac-10. Meanwhile, the Beavers have won 28 games over the past three seasons, each of which concluded with a ranking in the Top 25. And don't even get us started on his first-rate -- and incredibly loyal -- staff.
Washington's investment in Tyrone Willingham: The Huskies paid Willingham a guaranteed $1.47 million annually for four seasons. So he got roughly $5.88 million for 11 wins. And that doesn't include the $1 million he was paid to go away.
The Arizona State bubble: Arizona State built an $8.4 million indoor practice facility to escape the summer heat, but it lasted only a few weeks before an August storm blew the 103,500-square-foot climate-controlled bubble over, causing roughly $1 million in damage. The bubble, however, is up and running again and apparently again full of healthy refrigerated air.
Oregon's NexTurf: Oregon, wanting to be different from schools across the country -- including the hated Washington Huskies -- that were using FieldTurf in their stadiums, replaced the horrible OmniTurf surface at Autzen Stadium with NeXturf in 2001 at a cost of $1.35 million. The next year, during stadium expansion, the Ducks admitted they made a mistake and replaced the NeXturf with FieldTurf at a cost of around $900,000.
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State