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Kim Mulkey And The “All Mighty Dollar.”

Kim Mulkey is the head coach for the Baylor University “Lady Bears” Basketball team. By all accounts and measures, she is a good coach. She is the first women in NCAA women’s basketball history to win a national championship as a player, assistant coach, and head coach. and currently has a winning percentage of around .857 (600–100.) That’s impressive and we don’t want to take anything away from that.

In December, Mulkey tested positive for COVID-19 and recently returned to coaching.

The other day, when asked about whether the season should continue due to COVID-19 concerns, Mulkey said:

“The answer is this: The season will continue on. It’s called the almighty dollar,” Mulkey said after the Lady Bears lost 75-71 to Iowa State in Waco, Texas, ending the longest current home-court winning streak in Division I women’s basketball at 61 games. “The NCAA has to have the almighty dollar from the men’s tournament. The almighty dollar is more important than the health and welfare of me, the players or anybody else.

“One conference does this, one conference does that. The CDC says this. Everybody is confused. I’m confused. I’m uncomfortable coaching. I understand, COVID is real. I’ve had it — come talk to me sometime. But I don’t know … all the calls and procedures, that’s gonna go on and make it unusual, uncomfortable for every program. We’re no different at Baylor.”

It’s easy to blame the “almighty dollar” as Mulkey does. It makes it seem that the NCAA is greedy or something.

There’s a solution to this and it is a simple one: the Lady Bears can end their season. Just shut it down. Other schools have done it. The women’s basketball teams at Duke, Virginia, SMU and San Jose State have chosen to end their seasons early due to the threat of the virus.

Of course, that would mean that Mulkey and her $2.4 million dollar salary would not be paid to her.

The eight assistants for her team could go home as well without a paycheck.

The benefits for her players such as the “training table” for meals, access to exercise facilities, tutors and team specific academic advisors could go home and sit as well.

Why?

Because it is the “almighty dollar” that allows these salaries and perks to happen. It is the money from even limited attendance. It is the money from the Big 12 network that is used by member schools such as Baylor.

Yep, it is that “almighty dollar” that allows Mulkey to enjoy the lifestyle she leads.

She condemns it on one hand, and cashes her paycheck with the other.

There are a lot of people out there that are struggling financially. While we don’t begrudge Mulkey’s salary, it is different than that of a waitress (or anyone in the service industry,) blue collar workers on a production line, and just about anyone who works in a job that requires contact with people.

If Mulkey had come out and talked about her experience with COVID, mentioned concerns her players had voiced, and even offered to shut down the season and pay the salaries of the assistants, we’d have a lot better appreciation of what she was saying.

However, blaming the NCAA and the “almighty dollar” while holding out your hand for a paycheck that has those same “almighty dollars” as currency seems a bit hypocritical to us.



One Response to “Kim Mulkey And The “All Mighty Dollar.””

  1. alan says:

    The question remains, if Baylor was having an exceptional year would she still feel the same?
    Much as Coach K of Duke is critical of the season when his team is failing, this kind os statement would be much better received from a coach makung less than $500,000 per year -not $5,000,000 per year.

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