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College basketball has two coaches earning more than $7million in the same season for the first time since USA TODAY Sports began tracking coaches' compensation.

Rick Pitino of Louisville and John Calipari of Kentucky are above $7.4 million in USA TODAY Sports' annual survey of the compensation paid to coaches whose schools participated in the 68-team NCAA tournament.

Calipari is making more than $7.1 million in basic compensation from the university, Pitino nearly $5.1million. Pitino's non-university amount included $2.25million he received under a personal services contract with Adidas, the shoe and apparel company that outfits Louisville's teams.

Duke's Mike Krzyzewski has been credited with more than $7million three times in recent years on the private school's federal tax records, but those filings involve a separate way of reporting compensation figures.

Though Calipari now makes more from his school on an annual basis than the best-paid football coaches, Michigan's Jim Harbaugh and Alabama's Nick Saban, football coaches are better paid on the whole. At least 36 were making more than $3million this school year. Including coaches whose teams didn't make the tournament, less than half that number were at that level in basketball. USA TODAY Sports began tracking basketball salaries annually in 2010.

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