Coaches are in the bonus sit­u­a­tion as vic­to­ries lead to lu­cra­tive pay­outs

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports - BY DAVE SKRETTA

Ohio State coach Thad Matta has al­ready cashed in on the Buck­eyes’ trip to the Final Four.

So have the rest of the coaches whose teams are headed to New Or­leans.

Matta has racked up $100,000 in in­cen­tives tied to his team’s per­for­mance in the Big Ten and NCAA tour­na­ment this sea­son. And that doesn’t in­clude the one-year ex­ten­sion that was trig­gered when the Buck­eyes beat Michi­gan State for a share of the con­fer­ence reg­u­lar-sea­son ti­tle.

Kansas coach Bill Self, whose team plays Ohio State on Satur­day night, and John Cali­pari of Ken­tucky and Rick Pitino of Louisville al­ready are rack­ing up sim­i­lar bonus pack­ages, ac­cord­ing to a re­view of their con­tracts by the As­so­ci­ated Press.

“It’s a heavy­weight group, no ques­tion about that,” Self said Tues­day, re­fer­ring to the quar­tet of coaches and their schools.

They’re get­ting paid like heavy­weights, too.

Self signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion that runs from April 2008 through the 201718 sea­son and guar­an­tees an an­nual salary of $2.5 mil­lion. But it’s the bonus pro­vi­sions that could turn an al­ready princely sum into a greater fi­nan­cial wind­fall.

By win­ning the school’s eighth con­sec­u­tive Big 12 ti­tle dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, Self earned a $50,000 per­for­mance bonus. And when his team pulled away late to beat North Carolina in the Mid­west Re­gional fi­nals Sun­day, Self guar­an­teed him­self an­other $100,000.

If the Jay­hawks can get by Ohio State, a team they have beaten once al­ready this sea­son, and then win their sec­ond na­tional cham­pi­onship in five years, Self will take an­other $200,000 to the bank.

The po­ten­tial of $350,000 in in­cen­tives pales in com­par­i­son, though, to what could await Cali­pari.

De­spite mak­ing $3.8 mil­lion — an an­nual guar­an­teed pack­age that gets a $1 mil­lion re­ten­tion bump start­ing next sea­son — of­fi­cials at Ken­tucky still man­aged to sweeten the pot by fac­tor­ing in hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars’ worth of bonuses tied to on-court suc­cess.

Cali­pari al­ready has earned an ex­tra $50,000 for cap­tur­ing the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence reg­u­lar- sea­son ti­tle, $100,000 each for mak­ing the re­gional semi­fi­nals and fi­nals and $150,000 for beat­ing Bay­lor and tak­ing the Wild­cats back to the Final Four. Win­ning the bas­ket­ball-mad school’s eighth NCAA tour­na­ment ti­tle would net an­other $350,000.

In­ci­den­tally, the bonus tied to Ken­tucky’s aca­demic progress rate? A mere $50,000.

Cali­pari’s coun­ter­part in the Blue­grass State is mak­ing out well, too.

Pitino is mak­ing $3 mil­lion this sea­son and next sea­son un­der an ex­ten­sion that took ef­fect in July 2010, and that in­cludes a bump in an­nual com­pen­sa­tion to $3.9 mil­lion start­ing in 2013.

He also re­ceives cu­mu­la­tive bonuses for on-court suc­cess: $50,000 for win­ning the Big East tour­na­ment ti­tle, an­other $50,000 for mak­ing the re­gional semi­fi­nals and fi­nals, and $75,000 when the Car­di­nals knocked off Florida to book their trip to the Su­per­dome.

Pitino will cash an­other $150,000 check if Louisville cuts down the nets Mon­day night.

Then there is Matta, whose to­tal pack­age this sea­son base salary, me­dia re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, de­ferred com­pen­sa­tion, re­ten­tion bonuses, re­tire­ment and en­dorse­ments to­tals $2,735,000.

The Ohio State coach al­ready has ac­crued $20,000 for a Big Ten co-cham­pi­onship and $40,000 for mak­ing the NCAA tour­na­ment. He earned an­other $20,000 for mak­ing the re­gional fi­nals and $20,000 more when the Buck­eyes beat top-seeded Syra­cuse for a spot in the Final Four.

That’s a to­tal of $100,000 in bonuses so far, and Matta would dou­ble it if the Buck­eyes win two more games for the school’s first na­tional ti­tle since 1960.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Kansas coach Bill Self could se­cure as much as $350,000 in in­cen­tives should the Jay­hawks win the NCAA cham­pi­onship.

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