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USC's Pat Haden Listed As Highest Paid Athletic Director

USC athletic director Pat Haden earned $2.2 million in 2011 according to the university’s recently-released tax returns, making him the highest paid AD in the country.

Prior to Haden, Vanderbilt’s David Williams had been the highest-paid AD,based on 2010 figures.

In a report done by USA Today, USC’s ta return also showed that former defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin earned nearly $1.8 million that year, and that head coach Lane Kiffin eanred $2.6 million. Monte Kiffin’s base pay was listed at $1,569,961, which on its own made him the nation’s highest-paid assistant coach in 2011. For Kiffin, his salary ranked him in the Top 30 and top half of the Pac-12 of highest-paid football coaches.

Per USAToday, Haden’s salary breaks down as follows:

$1,203,888 in base pay. That amount alone would have made Haden the fifth highest-paid AD in a compensation survey USA TODAY Sports published in March.
$800,000 in bonus and incentive compensation.
$204,585 in other reportable income.
$24,500 in retirement and deferred pay.
$14,705 in non-taxable benefits.

Haden took over as the AD at USC in the wake of the Reggie Bush scandal that paved the way for NCAA sanctions and the unceremonious departure of outspoken–and oftentimes, seemingly arrogant–Mike Garrett. His tenure thus far has been fairly low-key, save for the headline acquisition of Andy Enfield as the new head coach for USC men’s basketball.

For a full look at the nation’s athletic directors raking in the biggest salaries, click here.

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