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DREXLER'S DEAL INCLUDES PERFORMANCE CLAUSE FOR STUDENTS

          A clause in new men's basketball coach Clyde Drexler's
     contract with the University of Houston that calls for him
     to be paid $10,000 for "certain national TV appearances by
     the Cougars" is "one of several unusual facets" of his deal,
     according to Danny Robbins of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.  Under
     terms of the pact, Drexler will receive $250,000 a year in
     guaranteed income -- his base salary of $150,000 plus
     $100,000 from a summer camp and radio/TV shows.  But his
     contract "also contains several atypical elements,"
     including a $10,000 payment each time the Cougars appear on
     CBS more than once in a season.  In addition, Drexler will
     be supplemented if UH averages more than 6,000 per game in
     paid attendance, receiving 20% of "a figure computed by
     multiplying the average number of tickets above 6,000 by the
     average ticket price."  Also, Drexler will be paid $20,000
     if his program has a graduation rate of "at least" 60% over
     a two-year period, and $10,000 if his team wins the
     Conference USA tournament "while posting" a GPA of 2.5.  The
     contract also states that Drexler, who is 43 hours short of
     earning his undergraduate degree, must make "reasonable
     part-time efforts" to earn his diploma beginning with the
     '99-2000 academic year (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/11).

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