Univ. Of Washington Reduces Salaries, Budget For FY '21
The Univ. of Washington athletic department announced a "series of expanded cost-saving measures" for FY '21, as well as "major gifts from three of the department's leaders," according to Mike Vorel of the SEATTLE TIMES. UW plans to "implement a 15% reduction in its operating budget (roughly $8.5 million), and a 10% salary reduction for staff (roughly $5 million)." All UW head coaches have "voluntarily agreed to a minimum 5% salary reduction." All professional, classified and union staff members -- which comprises 156 total employees, including UW's associate ADs -- "will take a temporary furlough that will last between two and four weeks." Besides accepting the aforementioned 5% salary reduction, UW AD Jen Cohen, football coach Jimmy Lake and men's basketball coach Mike Hopkins also have "agreed to waive all performance-related incentives in FY21 and make separate individual gifts to the athletics department." Cohen also has "pledged a $50,000 gift to UW's Competitive Edge Fund -- which encompasses strength and conditioning, nutrition, counseling, academic support and volunteer and study-abroad opportunities for Husky athletes." Meanwhile, the budget proposal, which assumed all fall sports would be played with full fan attendance, "still projected a FY21 deficit of $9,912,000 without cost-saving measures and 'deficit mitigation plans'" (SEATTLE TIMES, 6/27).
NO SPORTS OR JOBS CUT: THE ATHLETIC's Christian Caple noted UW "did not announce any layoffs, nor does it have plans to cut any sports programs." Maintaining services for student-athletes in each of the school's 22 sports is a "fundamental priority for Cohen and her staff as they navigate an uncertain financial future" (THEATHLETIC.com, 6/26).