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Published August 11, 2011
PARTY IN THE CHAMPAIGN ROOM: In Illinois, Mark Tupper reports the Univ. of Illinois yesterday introduced Mike Thomas as its new AD. Thomas, who had been in the same position at the Univ. of Cincinnati since '05, "replaces Ron Guenther, who retired July 1 after running the athletics department for 19 years." Thomas said that he "found out early Wednesday afternoon he had landed the job and a press conference was arranged less than two hours later." He indicated that he plans to be "on the job before the football opener Sept. 3." Tupper notes Thomas is "seen as a man with a keen sense of marketing," and yesterday he "talked about targeting Chicago." Thomas: "We want to wrap our arms around Chicago." IU President Michael Hogan "introduced Thomas and said one of his first assignments will be to become involved in the Assembly Hall renovation project." Thomas will be "paid $475,000 a year with an additional $100,000 a year in deferred compensation that he would receive if he remains on the job for five years" (Decatur HERALD & REVIEW, 8/11). UC President Dr. Gregory Williams "will appoint an interim director 'in the near future' to run the athletic department until he can hire a replacement" for Thomas. In Cincinnati, Bill Koch notes UC Deputy AD Bob Arkeilpane, who was AD at the Univ. at Buffalo for "five years before arriving at UC in 2005 with Thomas, would be a likely in-house candidate for the interim job" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 8/11).
STAY A LITTLE LONGER: The Univ. of Colorado Board of Regents yesterday "unanimously approved a five-year contract extension for Athletic Director Mike Bohn and added a new bonus structure that will allow him to earn up to 54 percent more in incentive pay." The new contract runs through the '15-16 academic year. Bohn's base salary of $297,000 "will remain the same, but he is eligible to earn up to $154,000 in annual performance bonuses." Bohn had been "one of the lowest-paid athletic directors in the Big 12, but his annual salary ranks in the middle of the Pac-12" (Boulder DAILY CAMERA, 8/11).