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FBS ADs "make an average salary of roughly $515,000, up more than 14%" since October '11, according to a sports-section cover story by Brady, Upton & Berkowitz of USA TODAY. This comes at a time when "academic spending at many schools is declining or not increasing at the same pace as athletics spending." Former Memphis AD R.C. Johnson said that ADs "earn every penny." He "defines the job's degree of difficulty with admirable concision." Johnson said, "Sell more tickets. Raise more money. Win more games. Graduate everybody. And don't cheat." Brady, Upton & Berkowitz write he "could have added: Build more buildings and don't [get] caught without a seat in the musical chairs of conference realignment." Louisville AD Tom Jurich said, "I know one thing. The ADs around the country are earning their money." Jurich is among ADs making $1M or more, a number that is "up to nine from six." He is the "highest-paid athletics director at a public school." Jurich's "complex deal," valued at a little more than $1.4M, is "nearly $180,000 more than the next highest." To determine the total pay packages of FBS ADs for their current contract years, USA Today Sports requested "all forms of compensation" for the ADs at public schools. About 20 of the 124 FBS schools "are private or are public schools covered under state law exempting them from releasing salary data." Any pay the university "guaranteed (even if paid by shoe/apparel company or another source) is listed as 'school pay.'" Anything "not guaranteed by the university is listed as 'other pay'" (USA TODAY, 3/7).
SCHOOL ADCONF.SALARYOTHERTOTAL PAYBONUS Vanderbilt David Williams*SEC$3,239,678N/A$3,239,678N/A Louisville Tom JurichBig East$1,401,915$10,000$1,411,915$346,000 Florida Jeremy FoleySEC$1,233,250$0$1,233,250$50,000 Wisconsin Barry AlvarezBig Ten$1,143,500$86,500$1,230,000$0 Nebraska Shawn EichorstBig Ten$1,123,000N/A$1,123,000$0 Texas DeLoss DoddsBig 12$1,107,391$1,650$1,109,041$125,000 Ohio State Gene SmithBig Ten$1,099,030N/A$1,099,030$250,000 Notre Dame Jack SwarbrickInd.$1,026,942N/A$1,026,942N/A Oklahoma Joe CastiglioneBig 12$1,000,000N/A$1,000,000$760,000 Duke Kevin WhiteACC$906,536N/A$906,536N/A Arkansas Jeff LongSEC$900,000$3,900$903,900$650,000 Michigan Dave BrandonBig Ten$900,000$0$900,000$200,000 Iowa State Jamie PollardBig 12$900,000$0$900,000$0 Tennessee Dave Hart Jr.SEC$817,250N/A$817,250$0 Texas A&M Eric HymanSEC$800,000$0$800,000$200,000
BONUS FEATURES: Berkowitz & Upton note while some major-college ADs have "contracts that make no mention of incentive bonuses," Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt is "among a group whose agreements include bonuses for reaching goals that are regularly achieved by their programs." For example, Texas men's AD DeLoss Dodds "can get $62,500 annually if the athletics program operates 'with financial solvency,' which seems a safe bet" in a department that had more than $160M in revenue in '11-12. Hocutt has a deal in which he can "get an array of bonuses." One is a "payment equal to 6% of his base salary" if the football team participates in a non-BCS bowl game and "another in the same amount if any of 13 specified non-revenue teams 'qualify for NCAA post-season competition.'" At the time the contract began, Texas Tech's football team "had played in a bowl game in 11 consecutive seasons and its men's or women's track and field programs alone had competed in the NCAA indoor or outdoor championships every year" since '97. Nearly two pages of Florida Int'l AD Pete Garcia's 17-page contract are "devoted to a list of incentives for which he is eligible, although he is capped at an amount equal to 15% of his more than $360,000 base salary." Many of the bonuses involve "athletic, academic or fundraising achievements by the athletics program" (USATODAY.com, 3/6).
The NCAA yesterday “reversed its ban” on New Jersey hosting tournament and championship games, but the move “comes too late to save a number of premier events,” according to Craig Wolff of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. The move comes “a week after a federal judge ruled against Gov. Chris Christie’s campaign to legalize sports betting” in the state. But this “won’t undo” the NCAA’s decision to “bypass the Prudential Center in Newark as the stage" for either the ‘14 or ‘15 Men’s East Regional Basketball Championships. That “missed opportunity” by some estimates will cost Newark "more than” $6M. Newark Regional Business Partnership President & CEO Chip Hallock said, “In the short term, the immediate damage has been done.” Devils Owner & Prudential Center Chair Jeff Vanderbeek said that he was “pleased” with the decision. Wolff notes the NCAA’s move “comes with no guarantees from the NCAA that it will stick,” as last week’s court ruling “will almost certainly be appealed and perhaps overturned" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 3/7). The AP's Tom Canavan wrote the Prudential Center may have been the “biggest victim of the NCAA ban" as many believed the arena "would have been the site" of the East Regional in ’15 (AP, 3/6).