Meet Derek Kellogg: The Only State Employee Making Over $1 Million A Year Who Is Driving UMass Basketball Into The Ground And Needs To Be Fired Immediately

Meet Derek Kellogg: The Only State Employee Making Over $1 Million A Year Who Is Driving UMass Basketball Into The Ground And Needs To Be Fired Immediately

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Take a wild guess who the highest paid state employee in Massachusetts is? No, it’s not some political hack who got a hookup job where he could influence the State Legislature to vote his or her gigantic raises. The highest paid employee is actually this man:

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UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg – the only Massachusetts State Employee with a salary over $1 million:

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Of course this is hardly a big number in college basketball. Lots of college coaches make millions of dollars. John Calipari makes over $6 million to coach Kentucky. Coach K also makes over $6 million at Duke, as does Rick Pitino at Louisville. Kansas’ Bill Self and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo both make over $4 million.

But all five of those guys have won national championships and made multiple Final Four appearances. They play in major power conferences, they fill their arenas up for every single game, they generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue through the sale of merchandise, they can get businesses to pay more money to advertise in their arenas, and they create a brand that continues to attract NBA caliber players on a yearly basis.

Derek Kellogg coaches UMass, which plays in the Atlantic 10. The A-10 is a good conference, but it’s basically the next step down from conferences like the ACC and Big 10. They send multiple teams to the tournament every year, including a record six in 2014. But they rarely make Final Four’s, and never win National Championships. Generally when coaches in this conference make a name for themselves they end up getting offered higher paying jobs in more high profile conferences.

The Atlantic 10 doesn’t generate as much revenue as the ACC, and thus their coaches don’t get paid as much. But they still do pretty well for themselves. Currently there are 14 teams in the A-10 – UMass, Davidson, Fordham, George Mason, Richmond, George Washington, St. Bonaventure, Dayton, VCU, Rhode Island, St. Louis, Duquense, La Salle, and St. Joseph’s. Amongst those coaches Kellogg ranks 2nd in pay.

The only coach who makes more money is Dayton’s Archie Miller, who has earned every penny of it. In just five seasons Miller has led the Flyers to an Elite 8 appearance, three NCAA tournaments, and has never had a losing record. In this, his sixth season, Dayton is currently in first place in the conference, and barring an unprecedented collapse they will make their fourth straight NCAA appearance.

The other coaches in the A-10 making more then $1 million are Richmond’s Chris Mooney, VCU’s Will Wade, and Saint Joseph’s Phil Martelli. In Martelli’s 21 years he’s had 15 winning seasons, 7 NCAA tournament appearances, led the 2004 team to the #1 national ranking, and he’s won two of the last three A-10 championships. Mooney hasn’t had a losing season in 10 years, and has a Sweet 16 run under his belt. Wade is only in his second year, but has a 24-6 conference record, is going to make the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, and lost the A-10 championship last year to Martelli’s St. Joe’s squad.

In other words, they’ve all earned their million dollar salary.

Derek Kellogg hasn’t.

Here’s his resume:

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As you can see he has a losing record in conference play (65-78). He has never finished higher than 5th place in the 14 team conference. He has made the NCAA Tournament once, largely because his best player Chaz Williams, literally put the team on his back and played playground basketball in some big wins early in the year. They were a .500 team in the second half of the year, but were grossly overseeded with a 6 seed, and ended up getting creampied by an 11th seeded Tennessee team that won a play-in game, losing 86-67. Here’s some highlights:

Down 20 at halftime Kellogg gave perhaps the least inspiring halftime speech in the history of coaching:

But because it was the first time in 18 years UMass made the tourney, since college basketball legend Marcus Camby donned the Minuteman uniform, Kellogg got an extension through 2019, which came with a massive raise.

Then Chaz Williams graduated and UMass has gone back to being terrible, finishing 9th and 10th in the conference. Neither team was remotely close to making the NIT.

During his tenure at UMass, nine different conference teams have made the conference championship at least once. Kellogg has never made it that far, and has only made the semifinal twice. Yet he is the highest paid state employee, and the second highest paid coach in the conference.

This year expectations were high after Kellogg brought in the best recruiting class he’s had in his nine years in Amherst. This didn’t happen on its own. Thanks to generous boosters the school built the multi million dollar Champions Center – a state of the art practice facility that you must have in order to attract four and five star recruits.





Even Coach Calipari was blown away by it:

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And as a result this year’s freshmen class featured New Orleans 6’5″ point guard Dejon Jarreau – a player who had offers from ACC, Big 12, Big 10, and SEC schools and never would’ve considered a school like UMass without a facility like this.

Kid can play:

But as soon as conference play started, reality started to set in. They’ve gotten massacred by mediocre teams like St. Bonaventure, a team that’s starting a player from St. Peter Marian that was barely recruited out of high school. They’ve lost by double digits to teams like La Salle, who they were beating at halftime. They’ve blown leads to cellar dweller George Mason not once, but twice. They were beaten pretty easily by one of the biggest abortions the league has seen in a long time – the deplorable St. Louis Bilikens. They lost AT HOME to Fordham, a team that has no business even playing in this conference.

More importantly, they’ve gotten worse as the season goes along, just as every Kellogg coached team has. Because good coaches make adjustments and help their players develop. Under Kellogg players consistently stagnate and never reach their potential. The same will happen to Jarreau and his classmates so long as Kellogg remains the coach. Other teams figure out how to beat UMass, while it appears as if UMass does zero game planning for their opponent.

Anyone can do what Kellogg can as a coach. The guy flipping burgers at the concession stand has no less ability than Kellogg does to manage in game situations. But he has more talent on his roster than any other coach in the conference. He has access to better facilities in order to recruit. And yet all he does is lose.

So why is he still here? Well, this guy mostly:

John Kennedy is a very wealthy alumni and donor. And he supports Kellogg for some strange reason. This despite the fact that the Mullins Center has less than 3,000 fans (capacity over 9,000) on a consistent basis. Despite the fact that we have seen no signs in nine years that he can coach his way out of a paper bag. Two years ago I bought tickets to a UMass-VCU game for $75 each. The game was soldout. I wouldn’t pay $5 to watch this shitshow now. Every home game has the potential to bring in over $100,000 in ticket sales. But as long as Kellogg is the coach the school will never, ever see this revenue.

Of course an even bigger reason is the lack of press. Masslive’s reporter is this idiot:

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Dan Malone, from Masslive. Real teams have real media that calls out the coaches and holds them to a high standard. In Boston we have guys like Mike Felger and Dan Shaughnessy, who despite being the ultimate trolls still hold coaches and players to an impossible standard. But 90 miles away in Amherst you can pretty much lose, and lose, and lose, and no one will call for your head. If the Boston media was as indifferent and lazy as the UMass media, then M.L. Carr, Bobby Valentine, and Pete Carroll would still be coaching here.

But make no doubt about it – if you build it, they will come. Everyone growing up in the 90’s suddenly became a UMass fan. People want to like UMass, because the alternative is Boston College, and there’s nothing to like about an elitist school of WASPY kids with boat shoes like BC.  Three years ago when they made the tournament they were selling out every home game. But no one wants to watch a sucky team, especially when the outcome is so predictable. Can’t say I blame them.

This is more than just about basketball. It’s about taxpayer money. We’re paying for this. College sports isn’t supposed to be an expense. It’s supposed to be an investment. Kentucky basketball brings in hundreds of millions of dollars for their state every single year. UMass basketball costs the state nothing and brings back nothing in return. The fix isn’t easy, but the answer isn’t Kellogg. And if they don’t fire him, then their All-Star recruiting class is all gonna transfer to other schools.

They cannot afford to keep this guy around any longer. A real basketball school wouldn’t stand for this. Here’s Athletic Director Ryan Bamford’s Twitter. If you’re a UMass fan, let him know that you’re not wasting your money on tickets to watch this sucky product any longer. If you’re a taxpayer who is concerned that the highest paid state employee is a proven loser with no ability to generate any revenue, let him know that he needs to do his job and hire a real coach.





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28 Comment(s)
  • Basketball Jones
    February 13, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I’m no million dollar coach but my game plan would be dribble and shoot! When all else fails give it to the black guy!

  • Publius
    February 13, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    UMASS this year has been very close in a number of games this year. Providence 6 points, George Mason 5, 2, URI 2, St. Louis. Would a change in coaches make those losses into wins? $1million head coaches salary is not that much in D1. Would it be better to triple it? A10 is never going to be ACC and speaking of ACC whatever the problems of UMass look at BC. BC is an ACC disaster.

    • FatFingr Lou
      February 13, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      True, but the Conference Tournaments make things interesting…some season-long slugs will get hot/lucky and get an invite.

  • A Cool Mil
    February 13, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I grew up with Derek in Springfield. He was not a bad kid but he won’t be joining MENSA any time soon. The fact that this mouth breather makes that kind of money (while leading a failing program, no less) is proof that the world makes no sense. He looks the part by following the Pitino/Calipari formula: fancy suits, slick hair, project unwarranted confidence. He has just not been able to duplicate their success. Again, he’s a decent guy so congrats to him on the $$$. I just wish I could be shitty at my job and make a million a year.

    • Paul Larson
      February 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      Well, when lefties demonstrate against Trump, are they on subject? When Dems attack Republicans at Trump rallies, are they on subject. Democracy depends on at least 2 DIFFERENT points of view, so that the people can choose. Well, the people chose. But the Dems tried to silence Trump, after the MSM pushed him to the front. Just like they worked against Bernie the socialist. I appreciate your support. Thank You.

      Paul Larson

    • Paul Larson
      February 13, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      Well, when lefties demonstrate against Trump, are they on subject? When Dems attack Republicans at Trump rallies, are they on subject. Democracy depends on at least 2 DIFFERENT points of view, so that the people can choose. Well, the people chose. But the Dems tried to silence Trump, after the MSM pushed him to the front. Just like they worked against Bernie the socialist. I appreciate your support. Thank You.

      Paul Larson

  • Angry construction worker
    February 13, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Wow I have NO IDEA WTF Paul Larson is going on about but someone need to take their daily meds.

    This article is about $1MILLION dollars of our TAX money going to pay a BASKETBALL coach. WTF I is that about???? Hey pal you are doing the same thing that people do FOR FREE after they work their REAL job. I am sorry I think EVERYONE involved in college and professional sports make WAY to much. You are getting MILLIONS of dollars to play CHILDRENS games. I personally like the semi pro and other leagues where the cost of a ticket is $20 on the high end, food is cheap (and the SAME stuff you pay 5x more for at pro stadiums) and you can spend $100 on a family of 5 and watch a ball game. Do that at any pro stadiums. Oh and the players love the game that’s why they play it. They are not in it for the money, most of them have other jobs also. I know I know college players don’t get paid. But to pay a coach $1MILLION dollars OF OUR TAX MONEY is ABSURD. Sounds more like a $80,000 a year job to me and that is being GENEROUS. SMH

    Any one notice that the Chancellor is making $900,000+/yr. He must do a SHIT TON of work on the average work day. Hey got a great idea…. Come spend a day doing construction work…. Or go be a firefighter for a few days and put your life on the line to save others… Go work on an oil rig… Or go logging…. Try a job where your LIFE is on the line. Then tell me your “Job” should be higher paying than one of those jobs. The biggest danger you face is a paper cut.

    • Paul Larson
      February 13, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Hey, Angry Construction Worker, you wrote: “Wow I have NO IDEA WTF Paul Larson is going on about but someone need to take their daily meds“

      I had 4 motorcycles and worked construction with the Devils’ Disciples. Maybe you need to take a few seminars with Dr. Lara of San Fransisco, a weight-lifter and psychiatrist, who presented:
      “Evidence-Based Nutritional Strategies For The Aging Brain” and a seminar on “Inflammation.” I am going to be 70 this year, I have my own weight-room and dojo behind my house, I train every day and the first post today is by Dr. Yang who I studied with in the 1980s. I joined the Marines in 1966, and they sent me to electronics school for a year, spending $50,000 on me. I had a 131 GCT score. How many people do you think can score that high? I forced the Marines to send me to Vietnam in 1968, I requested 3rd Marine Division at the DMZ, I asked for infantry; I was sent to 3/3 (infantry battalion). Olly North joined our battalion 6 weeks after I got there. Just to let you know, the Social Justice Cowards can’t rebut my arguments, so they attack me personally. They called me a homosexual and wrote that I am attracted to little girls. I guess you are not too familiar with Turtleboy Sports. And that is why I defend myself personally. If you can’t figure that out, maybe you need some meds.

      PS: I risked my life so you could enjoy freedom of the press. I got a broken back in Vietnam and got medivaced in 1969. What have you risked for me?

      Paul Larson

      • Angry construction worker
        February 13, 2017 at 3:46 pm

        Paul, First let me start by saying THANK YOU for your service. Second I am new to TurtleBoySports so I have no idea who you are. Third this particular article is about the UMASS Basketball coach making ONE MILLION DOLLARS played for by OUR TAX DOLLARS. I would much rather see $920,000 go towards homeless vets and Wounded Warriors. Not knowing any of your background you are making yourself sound and look kinda crazy talking about NOTHING to do with this particular article.

        • True Reality Speaks
          True Reality Speaks
          February 13, 2017 at 6:16 pm

          He’s a troll that’s busting on a real person who made the mistake of making some real dumb/delusional comments once or twice here. I’m quite sure the real Paul Larson is long gone from this site.

          This guy thinks he’s clever (occasionally) but is a troll at heart. It’s the same with all the BobnMic posts. Just one troll under numerous screen names. Ignore them like the rest of the regulars here and you might just enjoy the rest of the comments.

          • Paul Larson
            February 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm

            True Reality Speaks,
            I got a 131 on my military IQ test. What did you get? Oh, probably nothing at all.

            Paul Larson

  • Margaret
    February 13, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    College sports are important for building relationships. I believe everyone who participates should get a trophy. That would make it more enjoyable for all.

  • FatFingr Lou
    February 13, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Pay tied to performance? In MA? That’s some radical thinking!

    So stop thinking right now, and just keep checking the D Incumbent box.

  • Paul Larson
    February 13, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I have been practicing martial arts since 1961. I also believe in evolution, and homosexuality is an evolutionary dead end. And as far as little girls go, that is another evolutionary dead end, because little girls can’t have babies. Yet these SJCs defend a religion where the founder at 53 years old consummated his marriage to a 9-year old girl. They also supported Democrat Bill Clinton, who had at least 20 women complaining about him before he even ran for president. Hillary said she wasn’t standing by her man, but that is exactly what she did. Read the book, The Clinton’s War On Women, by Roger Stone and Robert Morrow, with a forward by Kathleen Willey. A couple of other books the lefties could read are: A God Who Hates, by Wafa Sultan, and the book: I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, by Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui. The fundamentals of this religion that NJCs defend are based on denial of respect for women, slavery, murder of Christians, Jews, homosexuals or anyone else on earth who doesn’t follow this particular religion.

    Paul Larson

    • Paul Larson
      February 13, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      The previous post was not written by me.

      I am more concerned with the KKK Democrat Woodrow Wilson, who knocked over my sand castle when I was six. That spineless jellyfish didn’t have the courage to do it in my presence, but only after mommy was carrying me back to the horse and buggy. I confronted him at school the next day and presented a well reasoned argument why homosexuality is a dead end and his only response was to stomp on my toe. Democrats clearly cannot be reasoned with even at a young age.

      Paul Larson

      • Paul Larson
        February 13, 2017 at 1:17 pm

        The previous post about Woodrow Wilson was not written by me. It was written by another Social Justice Coward who hides behind other people’s names. By the way, no-one stomps on my toe. I train every day, and if Woodrow tried to attack me, he never would have got to be president.

        Paul Larson

      • Paul Larson
        February 13, 2017 at 1:22 pm

        The previous post about Woodrow Wilson was not written by me. It was written by another Social Justice Coward who doesn’t have the courage to use their own name. By the way, I train every day. No one attacks me. If Wilson had, he never would have gotten to be president.

        Paul Larson

  • Paul Larson
    February 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    And that is why I call them Social Justice Cowards. They don’t have the guts to use their real name. How can a person be accountable if they are anonymous? If you ever met BobnMic, I believe that you would never treat him the way you do on this blog.

    Paul Larson

    • Turd Burglestein
      February 13, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      Yeah…we’re being nicer to him than he deserves, that’s for sure.

  • Only in Mass
    February 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Pitiful, million a year for what ? More tax dollars being spent foolishly, not only on a second rate coach. But the whole program itself.

    • Chris
      February 13, 2017 at 3:09 pm


      • Steve Grabowski
        February 13, 2017 at 6:24 pm

        So a scientist at UMass who brings in $50 million in grant money should earn less than a goon who won a popularity contest?

  • Paul Larson
    February 13, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, in his video, Martial Arts Breathing, in talking about Kidney 1 acupuncture point, says: “In order to make the Qi here strong, the Yin Heel Vessel and the Yin Linking Vessel, which are connected to the sexual organs, also have to be strong as well. So that is why in China it is well known that the sexual energy is related to leg strength, especially for men. That is the reason that for men, when they have too much sex, the legs get weakened. Because the energy has been drained out. Remember, these reservoirs are reservoirs of Qi. These reservoirs are connected to the sexual organs…”

    “This training is so important for martial artists. Why? Because a very important part of martial arts training is called Rooting. You have to have a good root; if you don’t have a good root, then you cannot fight well, because that means you don’t have a good foundation to manifest power.”

    I don’t care about sex. All I care about is winning my next fight. Just to let you Social Justice Cowards know.

    Paul Larson

    • BobnMic's Tiny Penis
      February 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Marine Larson, I would like to begin my training under you immediately. I am going to be a natural at this martial arts stuff. Just look at the size of my root.

    • UMass SportsFan
      February 13, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      What in the world does this have to do with the article? Go argue your personal stuff somewhere else maybe?

      • Paul Larson
        February 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm

        Hey, the Social Justice Cowards call me homosexual and they say I am attracted to little girls. None of them know me. They can’t rebut my arguments; all they can do is attack me personally. Do I not have the right to defend myself personally?

        Paul Larson

      • ZephyrCat
        February 13, 2017 at 3:47 pm

        Thank you UMass fan! I don’t know what’s up with these fuckers. Sometimes it’s amusing. Most times it’s annoying. And it’s always off-topic. But that’s what you get with no censorship, which is generally a good thing. Try saying something not nice about that man-beast Serena Williams on ESPN and , Oh Shit!, I’ve been blocked. So, it is what it is.

        • True Reality Speaks
          True Reality Speaks
          February 13, 2017 at 6:07 pm

          Basement-dwelling trolls. The T&G site is overrun with them.

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