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UCLA AD Guerrero Receives Contract Extension Through '19

UCLA “has extended” Dan Guerrero’s contract through ‘19, “giving the much-scrutinized athletic director an additional six years and nine months on the job,” according to Jack Wang of the L.A. DAILY NEWS. The school has “won 22 NCAA championships since Guerrero was appointed” in ‘02. Guerrero “will now be paid $734,774 with an annual 5 percent increase.” He had a “clause that would have rolled an additional five years on his term had there not been a new agreement.” His new term of appointment “will end on Dec. 31, 2019.” Guerrero prior to the extension was “already the highest-paid athletic director at a Pac-12 public school with $715,211 in guaranteed salary.” UCLA said that “no tuition or state funds were used in his compensation, which comes from athletic department revenues and private fundraising.” Guerrero also can “receive up to $105,000 in supplemental compensation depending on academic and athletic benchmarks.” He is “owed a $750,000 retention bonus as specified in his previous contract, and will earn another $734,000 should he remain at UCLA until April 1, 2018.” Guerrero's guidance of the football and men's basketball programs “has not been exceptional.” He “went through two ill-fated coaches" in former football coaches Karl Dorrell and Rick Neuheisel "before landing Jim Mora, who debuted with a Pac-12 South title last season.” Guerrero's recent hire of men’s basketball coach Steve Alford to succeed Ben Howland “was also received with mixed reviews” (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 4/5). The "buyout in the package can be no less than one year’s base pay" (L.A. TIMES, 4/5).
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