To put her salary in context:
-Position her pay against other Big Ten women coaches with proven winning records and making the post season. She is above average.
-Comparing to other sports is problematic. The football coach PJ makes millions but football is profitable and supports other Minnesota sports programs that are not.
-Comparing to men's Big Ten basketball coaches also is problematic since the fan support willing to pay money and revenues are not comparable.
But just for fun, the 9th highest paid men's Big Ten basketball coach makes $3.2 million:
Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery's total pay of $3,208,000 ranks just behind Nebraska's Fred Hoiberg. Here are Big Ten coaches' pay rankings.
-You can also compare to Whalen's pay who according to ESPN "went 71-76, including 11-19 (4-14 Big Ten) in 2022-23. She failed to coach the Gophers into the NCAA tournament during her time in Minneapolis."