Notre Dame paid its former coach, Tyrone Willingham, more money than its current one, Charlie Weis, in the 2005-06 year.
And now, according to the latest federal Form 990 tax form obtained by Insights and The Journal Gazette from the university, Notre Dame paid Willingham more than Weis in base compensation for the second straight year.
For the full story, including the salaries of Notre Dame men's basketball coach Mike Brey and women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw, read The Journal Gazette piece.
From July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, Notre Dame paid Willingham $650,000 in compensation from his firing on Nov. 30, 2004, the same amount in base compensation the school gave him in '05-'06. This year, Weis received $598,000 in base compensation, along with $51,628 in contributions to employee benefits and a $66,649 expense account.
Weis, in total, received $716,277 from the school, which bumps him over Willingham's buyout. But strictly in compensation, the school paid Willingham more than Weis.
The numbers released for Weis are merely part of his salary, though, and the full numbers do not have to be disclosed by Notre Dame as it is a private institution.
Weis did receive more money than '05-'06, when he earned $565,566 in salary, $53,113 in deferred compensation and benefits and $55,100 in an expense account.