Nick Rolovich is not disturbed about earning the fourth-lowest base salary among 130 FBS head coaches. USA Today published its annual list yesterday. Rolovich earns $400,008 in his second year of a five-year contract.
“It’s just a list,” Rolovich said after this morning’s practice. “I’m the head coach at my alma mater, and I’m living in Hawaii, raising my family in a great community.”
Rolovich and Washington State coach Mike Leach had a phone conversation last night.
“I liked what he said,” Rolovich said. “You don’t need a mansion because you spend so much time working. You really are familiar with a couple of rooms, right? Your bedroom, your bathroom, your kitchen and maybe the living room if you want to spend time with the family. Then you’re at work. You don’t have time to spend it all. You want your kids to grow up earning money, not just giving them stuff. You just don’t have time to spend it all. It’s more about coaching these kids. I look at it as quality of life.”
Rolovich added: “I’ve got a good wife and a good family. Look where I work. It’s more than money. You look at it as the fourth-lowest-paid head coach. I don’t know what the cost-of-living index would do to that. Or you look at it as one of the highest-paid state employees in Hawaii. I think that’s the thing … there are a lot of people on this island who would love to be making my salary. There are two viewpoints. … I woke up this morning to a beautiful day. I’m not shoveling snow. We’re about to have breakfast and we’ve already practiced and the sun isn’t even in the middle of the sky. And we’re in Hawaii.”