Merchant, 52, makes darn good money — more than $500,000 a year. There’s a problem, though: Amazingly, she is among the lowest-paid of the 14 Big Ten women’s basketball coaches, neck and neck with Illinois and Minnesota for dead last. Eleven Big Ten coaches make more than $600,000, eight make more than $700,000, seven top $800,000, and three are over $1 million. Michigan’s Kim Barnes Arico’s newest contract, signed in September, is worth about $300,000 a year more than Merchant’s.
Source: Detroit Free Press