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Pac-12's Larry Scott Was Highest Paid Conference Commissioner In '11

Scott's total compensation for '11 was nearly twice that of his SEC counterpart
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott earned nearly $3.1M in compensation during the '11 calendar year, including $1.575M "in base compensation" and about $1.5M in "bonus and other pay," according to Steve Berkowitz of USA TODAY. Scott's compensation is "about $300,000 more than that reported for Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and almost double" the nearly $1.6M total for SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. The Pac-12's federal tax return also shows that Scott "continues to have the benefit" of a nearly $1.9M loan from the conference. Meanwhile, Pac-12 Deputy Commissioner & COO Kevin Weiberg was "credited with $563,607 in total compensation, including more than $356,000 in base pay and the rest in bonus or other pay." Weiberg's total compensation "surpassed the commissioners of the Big East Conference and Conference USA." Former Big East Commissioner John Marinatto, who still held the position in '11, was paid $560,777, "including $505,000 in base compensation." Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky "credited with $559,243 in compensation, which included $427,153 in base pay" (USA TODAY, 5/20). The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Rachel Bachman noted the Big Ten generated $315M "in total revenue" in '11-12, while the SEC generated $273M. The Pac-12 generated $176M, but "made bigger gains: Its revenues have increased 83% since 2008 compared with 69% for the SEC and 45% for the Big Ten." Big 12 revenues increased 23%, while the ACC "has not made public" its '11-12 tax filing (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/20).

OPENING 'DORES: USA TODAY's Berkowitz reported Vanderbilt AD David Williams was credited with more than $1.2M in compensation during the '11 calendar year, placing him "among the nation’s five highest-paid ADs." Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin, hired in December '10, was credited with more than $1.8M in compensation for '11, including more than $1.5M "in base pay." Franklin’s total '11 compensation of $1,842,771 is "more than $250,000 greater than" former Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson’s total for '10 (USATODAY.com, 5/18).

STEEL RESERVE: In Pittsburgh, Bill Schackner reported Univ. of Pittsburgh men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon received a pay increase of $615,506, representing "more than the total annual compensation of all but a handful of Pitt employees." The 34% raise pushed Dixon's "total earnings above" $2.4M. Four of the five highest paid officers at Pitt were in athletics. The second highest earner at Pitt last year "was former head football coach Todd Graham at $1,982,793" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 5/18).
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