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Penn State Football: Dave Joyner Lowest Paid Athletic Director in Big Ten, Report Says

by on March 07, 2013 12:38 PM

Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner is getting paid the least among his Big Ten colleagues the USA Today reported.

In a recently published database of many of the nation's top athletic directors' salaries, Joyner's $396,000 ranks dead last among the Big Ten. Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez tops the list at $1.23 million a year.

Joyner entered the role of athletic director following the charges filed against former athletic director Tim Curley and his alleged role in the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. Despite his often unpopular stance with some Penn State fans, Joyner is credited with the hiring of head coach Bill O'Brien.

Joyner will leave his post in 2014 when current Penn State president Rondey Erickson is scheduled to leave his post as well. While the interim tag has been removed from Joyner's job title, his comparatively lower pay is likely due to his already planned exit. Tim Curley's salary was not public at the time of his employment, although it was considered competitive with the conference's top programs due to the athletic department's massive financial standing.

The search for Penn State's next president is currently underway, after which a new athletic director will likely be quickly named. Erickson said earlier this year that the next Penn State President should choose the next athletic director. “I think it’s appropriate for the next president to make that choice." he said.

The full database can be viewed here.

1. Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin: $1,230,000
2. Shawn Eichorst, Nebraska: $1,123,000
3. Gene Smith, Ohio State: $1,099,030
4. Dave Brandon, Michigan: $900,000
5. Mark Hollis, Michigan State: $700,000
6. Mike Thomas, Illinois: $589,250
7. Norwood Teague, Minnesota: $500,000
8. Gary Barta, Iowa: $490,842
9. Morgan Burke, Purdue: $464,437
10. Fred Glass, Indiana: $430,746
11. David Joyner, Penn State: $396,000

Note: The salary of Northwestern A.D. Jim Phillips wasn't available because Northwestern is a private institution.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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