Fun with Big 12 AD salaries!

USA Today released its annual survey of athletic director salaries, noting that they're rising almost as fast as coaching salaries. How did the Big 12 stack up?

Here's how they ranked:

  • DeLoss Dodds, Texas: $1,095,756

  • Joe Castiglione, Oklahoma: $975,000

  • Bill Byrne, Texas A&M: $690,000

  • Mike Alden, Missouri: $659,775

  • Kirby Hocutt, Texas Tech: $580,000

  • Jamie Pollard, Iowa State: $450,000

  • Sheahon Zenger, Kansas: $450,000

  • Ian McCaw, Baylor: $423,449

  • John Currie, Kansas State: $412,500

  • Mike Holder, Oklahoma State: $387,560

I kept old Big 12 schools in this list because they were in the Big 12 when these numbers were taken.

For the new schools?

  • Oliver Luck, West Virginia: $405,600

  • TCU's Chris Del Conte was paid $115,639 for a partial-year salary. He took over in October 2009, and his full salary was not available on public tax returns.

The most surprising name on the list was Mike Holder, who is at the bottom of the list, despite holding the position since 2005. Oklahoma State's not exactly starved for money these days, either.

Kansas State's John Currie is a newcomer to the job, and a first-time athletic director who has helped K-State become the most profitable athletic department in the country. You've got to expect a raise is coming his way, even though he had a high-profile gaffe when hoops coach Frank Martin exited stage right all the way to South Carolina.

Not surprising to see Texas and OU at the top, but that's a pretty big gap between Dodds, Castiglione and the rest of the league, especially now that Missouri and Texas A&M are gone.

Dodds is only the fourth-highest paid AD, behind Vanderbilt, Florida and Louisville's athletic directors.

What else stuck out to you?