- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 17, 2009

Open-records laws require most public schools to release contract information for athletic department employees. Contracts for athletic directors; head coaches in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball; football coordinators; and men’s and women’s basketball assistant coaches for the ACC’s eight public schools were acquired through these requests.

In addition, contracts for the athletic director, men’s and women’s basketball coaches and men’s basketball assistants at George Mason - another public school - were obtained with a similar request.

As private schools, Boston College, Duke, Miami and Wake Forest are not required to divulge employee salaries and are not included in the study.

Here are some notable perks, incentive clauses, buyout figures and other minutiae culled from examining contracts from the ACC’s public schools and George Mason:

Perks

c If Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow leaves the school and Brenda Frese is still the women’s basketball coach, Frese will be appointed “as a regular voting member to such search committee as may be established to find candidates for the vacant position.”

c Maryland men’s basketball coach Gary Williams’ contract includes a clause for subsequent employment as an assistant athletic director if he serves continuously through June 2011. The job to be offered to Williams “will be as a academic administrator serving at the pleasure of the athletic director.”

c Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer is guaranteed six indoor club seats at Lane Stadium for the remainder of his life if he completes his contract.

c Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney will receive a $750,000 longevity bonus if he remains with the Tigers through November 2013. Swinney also receives the bonus if he is fired without cause.

c Virginia men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett received a $500,000 signing bonus and also will receive a $500,000 longevity bonus if he completes his five-year contract. Virginia also provided $400,000 to fund Bennett’s buyout from Washington State.

c North Carolina football coach Butch Davis, men’s basketball coach Roy Williams and women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell each get a $30,000 expense allowance each year “to be used for entertainment and other appropriate purposes to advance” their respective programs.

Incentive clauses

c Maryland’s Yow receives $20,000 each year nine of Maryland’s 27 programs appear in postseason play. Yow also receives bonuses for years when the department’s graduation rate exceeds the school’s overall rate ($20,000), when at least 303 student-athletes are named to the honor roll ($15,000) and every year the department finishes in the top 25 of the Directors’ Cup competition ($10,000).

In addition, for each year Terrapin Club memberships exceed the previous year’s by 10 percent, she receives a $15,000 bonus. Yow also collects $10,000 for every year contributions made for the benefit of the athletic department increase by 10 percent over the previous year.

c Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson has earned several bonuses in the last month - $200,000 for winning the ACC, $200,000 for reaching a BCS game and $25,000 for earning ACC coach of the year honors. Johnson also collected $25,000 when the Yellow Jackets finished the regular season in the top 25, a bonus that will jump to $50,000 if Georgia Tech is ranked in the top 10 after bowl play is complete.

c Clemson men’s basketball coach Oliver Purnell receives $100,000 if the Tigers win the ACC regular-season title. For winning up to five athletic director-specified games, Purnell and his assistants can receive up to $16,000 each season. Those games are determined by the Oct. 1 preceding each season.

c George Mason men’s basketball coach Jim Larranaga gets an extra $10,000 every season the Patriots win at least 19 regular-season games and an additional $15,000 each year if they reach the 22-victory plateau in the regular season. For remaining at George Mason through March 30 of each year, Larranaga receives a $75,000 longevity bonus.

c North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour receives a month’s pay whenever the Tar Heels’ football, men’s or women’s basketball or baseball teams are invited to postseason play. He also earns a month’s pay in any year the average Academic Progress Rate - which tracks student-athletes’ academic success - of North Carolina’s teams is 970 and a month’s pay when the school finishes in the top 10 of the Directors’ Cup standings.

c N.C. State men’s basketball coach Sidney Lowe and women’s basketball coach Kellie Harper receive two months’ salary if their respective teams reach the NCAA tournament, three months’ salary if they appear in the regional semifinals or four months’ salary if they advance to the Final Four; the most each can earn is an extra four months’ pay.

Contract matters

c Maryland paid a $51,500 buyout to Kansas State to hire offensive coordinator James Franklin in December 2007 and a $25,000 buyout to Massachusetts in January to hire defensive coordinator Don Brown.

c Georgia Tech’s Johnson, who recently signed a one-year extension through 2016, has more than $17.5 million guaranteed compensation left on his contract.

c Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, who has two years left on his deal, would have to pay $75,000 if he chose to leave for another job. Tigers offensive coordinator Billy Napier’s buyout is $40,000 for the final year of his contract.

c While Virginia announced former football coach Al Groh received a $4.33 million buyout last month, the school also owes former offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon for the final year of his contract. Brandon’s salary this season: $275,000.

c Virginia men’s basketball assistants Ritchie McKay (five years), Ron Sanchez (two years) and Jason Williford (two years) each received multiyear contracts when they joined the Cavaliers’ program last spring.

c Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver would owe the school the base pay remaining on his contract (through 2012) if he were to leave Blacksburg for another job in college athletics - unless he were to become the athletic director at Florida or a commissioner or executive director of one of the six BCS automatic qualifying conferences.

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