According to Mark Selig of the Daily News Record, James Madison athletic director Jeff Bourne says that head coach Matt Brady’s new contract ranks 7th out of the current nine head coaches in the Colonial Athletic Association.
This is a coach who took the Dukes to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993. His game plan and crop of players was able to win the CAA championship and a game in March Madness. This is a coach who’s worked tirelessly to bring in a very respected freshman class for this upcoming 2013-2014 season.
Matt Brady is a coach that deserves to be respected. I mean, did you watch this pregame speech before the CAA title game against Northeastern? It’s genius.
In a league with many coaches who have gaping holes in their coaching styles and skills, Brady is hands down one of the top coaches in the conference. He should not be paid in the bottom half of the Association.
But, to cut Bourne and JMU some slack, it is very public that JMU has struggled to pay all of their staff, both academic and athletic, in recent years. Thus, while it may not have been possible for Brady to make the money he truly deserved, it is still not just.
With Andre Nation, Charles Cooke, Taylor Bessick and Ron Curry as rising sophomores, Brady has a foundation in Harrisonburg, Va. that should be able to compete in the CAA for as long as they remain in the conference or the conference exists.
With that in mind, Brady is being underpaid.