Group Criticizes K-State Decision to Pay Assistant Basketball Coach

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ A coalition of about 50 Division 1A universities is criticizing Kansas State University for signing a deal to pay an assistant basketball coach more than the school's president makes.

The Coalition of Intercollegiate Athletics - which K-State considered joining but decided against - says the $400,000 salary to be paid to associate head coach Dalonte Hill sets a troubling benchmark.

In a statement on the group's Web site, the group says it finds Hill's contract troubling at a time when state budgets are being affected by financial turmoil and when endowments at universities are likely to be flat or declining.

Michael Holen, dean of Kansas State's College of Education, says some members of the coalition are more extreme than others.