Fair to say USC didn't low-ball Lane Kiffin when it lured him away from Tennessee to give him his dream job.
In fact, the private school, which doesn't make coaching contracts public, is paying him $4 million a year -- nearly as much as it paid Pete Carroll -- according to a report on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”
Carroll was paid $4.4 million, and he won two national championships and seven Pac-10 titles.
However, let's make this note, made possible by this cost of living calculator: Kiffin made $2.375 million with the Volunteers. The cost of living in Los Angeles is 94.2 percent higher than in Knoxville, Tenn. Therefore, you would have to earn a salary of $4,613,309 to maintain your current standard of living if you made that cross-country move.
So, to be fair, Kiffin in some ways that do matter took a pay cut. (Those of us who've ever moved from the Southeast to the West Coast and suffered the "Are you freaking kidding me?" sticker shock know this is a valid point).
The HBO report also said that Kiffin's dad and defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin, makes “around” $2 million per year.
Michael Lev of the Orange County Register has more details here from the report by Andrea Kremer, which debuts Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.