Five Quirks in Men’s College Basketball Coaches Contracts

How benefits, like helping fund cancer research, are negotiated into deals.

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Head coach Will Brown of the Albany Great Danes looks on during a college basketball game against the UMBC Retrievers. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Men’s college basketball coaches have some interesting aspects to their contracts. USA Today looked into the more unusual provisions of current agreements. For example, Albany’s Will Brown has no team-performance-based incentive bonuses included in his contract. A previous version of his contract had 12 such provisions, under which he would receive a maximum of $241,500 in bonuses. Those provisions were still in effect during the 2014-15 season, and his base salary was $301,660. Under his new contract, which was signed in 2016, his base salary is $350,000. Meanwhile, West Virginia’s Bob Huggins has gotten a $25,000 bonus for any regular-season victory over Kansas. That provision was eliminated in his new contract, but now, under a separate “Pledge Agreement,” the school’s athletics fundraising organization, Mountaineer Athletic Club, agreed that from 2017 through 2021, it will donate $25,000 to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment each time the men’s basketball team records a regular-season win over Kansas. In Utah, Larry Krystkowiak has a deal that includes a provision called “Family Vacation.” It says that on or around Jan. 1 of each year of the deal, Utah will give him $15,000 “for his use on a vacation for him and his family.” In Indiana, Archie Miller has an array of perks, including, “Unlimited family use of the IU Golf Course and Driving Range (including green fees, cart fees, and range balls).”

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