Coaches play, win leverage game
If you’re a savvy, rising star in your workplace, you’re always looking to climb the corporate ladder. That often involves flirting with another company and fielding a better offer for a higher position. If your current company wants to keep you, it will have to give you a fat raise.

At least that’s how it’s supposed to work. But if you go stealing company secrets or hightailing in the middle of a big project you’re supervising, you’re not going to win many friends in the process. It’s no different on the coaching carousel.

Bill Self knows this well. Three days after coaching Kansas to its first NCAA championship in 20 years, he finally said a firm “no” to his alma mater, Oklahoma State, and agreed to remain in Lawrence with a lucrative new deal that will make him among the highest-paid coaches in the game. (The figures aren’t public yet, but Self will likely earn in the neighborhood of $3 million a year.)

si.com
4/23/08