To determine the total pay packages of Football Bowl Subdivision athletics directors we requested all forms of compensation for the athletics directors at public schools. About 20 of the 130 FBS schools are private or are public schools covered under state law exempting them from releasing salary data on athletics directors. For those schools, we used compensation information from the school’s most recent Internal Revenue Service Form 990. Since contract years varied greatly among the operative employment agreements of the schools surveyed, we attempted to determine Base Salary and Other Compensation for the contract year that included May 1, 2020. Compensation adjustments not memorialized in writing as of the date of the document request may affect compensation totals as do pay reductions made pursuant to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. A not available (N/A) in the chart denotes schools that are private or did not release the information or schools whose athletics directors are relatively new and the schools had not yet filed a 990 covering compensation for the current athletics directors.
EXPLANATIONS OF COMPENSATION CATEGORIES
BASE SALARY: Income designated as Base Salary in the Contracts, which sum is used to determine the schools’ benefits obligations such as retirement contributions.
OTHER UNIVERSITY COMPENSATION: : Income from Contract provisions other than Base Salary that is paid, or guaranteed, by the university or affiliated organizations, such as a foundation. Examples include payments in consideration for: shoe and apparel use; television, radio or other media appearances; personal appearances.
It also includes deferred payments earned annually, conditional or otherwise; certain payments based on attendance, ticket revenue or sales; contractual expense accounts (if unaudited) or housing allowances; signing and other one-time bonuses earned in the current contract year. These one-time or non-recurring payments may skew an athletic director’s compensation in a given year.
It does not include amounts that may have been earned as annual incentive bonuses in other years, the value of standard university benefits such as health care or the value of potentially taxable items called for in Contracts such as cars; country club memberships; game tickets for the regular season, postseason and other sports; the value of stadium suites, travel upgrades, private aircraft or spouse/family travel and game tickets.
Salaries reported do not take into account deductions that have, or may, occur because of state government furlough, or other pay-reduction, actions.
TOTAL COMPENSATION: Sum of university compensation. Where available from the school, outside income is included.
MAXIMUM BONUS: The greatest amount that can be received for meeting all prescribed performance goals (for instance: departmental academic and financial benchmarks; or competitive achievements of all or specific teams), and/or athlete conduct rules-and compliance goals. It typically does not include possible payments based on percentages of ticket revenue or sales or departmental fundraising amounts, unless such amounts can be independently determined. Additionally, bonuses based on championships for all of an athletics departments’ teams have been adjusted based on historical performance. Revenue and expense data derived from the schools’ most recent Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) reports.
Revenue and expense data derived from the schools’ most recent Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) reports.
By: Robert Lattinville and Roger Denny, co-chairs of the Collegiate Athletics Legal Team at Spencer Fane LLP. Assistance in procuring documents provided by USA Today in partnership with Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
PRIVATE SCHOOL NOTES
Pittsburgh, Temple and private schools: Except as noted, the pay information listed came from federal tax returns or the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law report. Documents provide compensation for 2017 calendar year based on all income paid by the school or support organizations, including benefits, perks and performance bonuses.
Baylor: Covers 2018 calendar year. Rhoades also listed as recipient of loan from university "to fund purchase of cash value of life insurance policy to supplement retirement income and return premiums and interest to the university." The original principal amount of loan was reported at $240,000. The balance due, as of May 31, 2019, was reported at $244,784. Boston College: Covers 2018 calendar year.
Northwestern: Phillips also listed as recipient of two loans from university, with the purpose of both loans being listed as "Compensation." One loan was reported as having had an original principal amount of $1.1 million; the balance due, as of Aug. 31, 2018 was reported at $193,333 (balance due, as of Aug. 31, 2017, was $386,667). The other loan was reported as having had an original principal amount of $300,000 and a balance due of $300,000 (balance due, as of Aug. 31, 2017, also was $300,000).
Notre Dame: Covers 2018 calendar year. The university's tax return stated that $500,000 of Swarbrick’s total had been reported as deferred compensation on prior years' returns. That placed Swarbrick’s net compensation for the 2018 calendar year at nearly $2.1 million.
Texas Christian: Covers 2018 calendar year.
Vanderbilt: Candice Storey Lee serving as interim athletics director.
PUBLIC SCHOOL NOTES
Appalachian State: Includes $50,000 retention payment Gillen will receive if he remains AD through Dec. 31, 2020.
Arizona: Figures based on executive summary of contract terms approved by Arizona Board of Regents in November 2019. Includes $100,000 retention payment Heeke will receive if he remains AD through March 31, 2021.
Buffalo: Allnut also being credited with $25,000 in deferred compensation annually over five-year period, but this will become payable only if he is employed by school through April 10, 2023.
Central Florida – Total Compensation includes a $250,000 deferred compensation payment vesting on December 15, 2020. On that date, base salary shall increase by $50,000 and AD White shall no longer receive deferred compensation. For our purposes, the deferred compensation payment was counted but the base salary increase was not counted.
Cincinnati: Based on memorandum of understanding, not full-form contract.
Clemson: Based on term sheet, not full-form contract.
Coastal Carolina: Bonus Maximu does not include Hogue’s prospect of receiving an amount equal to 5% of the cumulative bonuses that the head coaches of the football, men's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, and softball teams receive in a single year.
Connecticut: Benedict also being credited with $100,000 in deferred compensation annually, for period from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2021, but this will become payable only if he is employed by school through June 30, 2021. He would then receive a total of $500,000, minus a $150,000 housing loan he received in 2016.
East Carolina: Based on memorandum of understanding, not full-form contract.
Florida: Includes $250,000 biennial retention payment Stricklin will receive if he remains AD through Oct. 31, 2020.
Georgia: Includes $50,000 annual retention payment McGarity will receive if he remains AD through June 30, 2020.
Houston: Includes estimated $135,000 payout from deferred compensation plan that had been credited at $3,750 per month, beginning Jan. 8, 2018, but becomes payable only if Pezman remains AD through Jan. 7, 2021. Actual payout total would include value of reinvested dividends and capital gains.
Iowa: Includes $300,000 contribution university will make to Barta’s deferred compensation plan if he remains AD through June 30, 2020.
Kansas State: Includes $50,000 portion of $250,000 retention payment that is accruing annually over a five-year period, but becomes payable in full only if Taylor remains AD on June 30, 2022. Taylor would get the accrued portion if he is fired without cause before that date.
Kent State: Includes $6,250 in deferred compensation that will be credited to Nielsen if he remains AD through June 30, 2020. This is final portion of a $25,000 annual amount that is credited quarterly.
Kentucky: Includes a total of $250,000 in credits and/or payments for Barnhart if he remains AD through June 30, 2020 -- $175,000 credited to a deferred compensation plan, and a $75,000 annual retention payment that would become payable in July 2020.
Memphis: Based on memorandum of understanding, not full-form contract.
Minnesota: Coyle also being credited with $100,000 in deferred compensation annually, for period from May 11, 2016 through June 30, 2020, but this total of $400,000 will become payable only if he is employed by school on Sept. 20, 2020.
Mississippi State: Total includes base salary from state contract, plus compensation from contract with the Bulldog Club, Inc., a private non-profit organization that declined to release the agreement.
Nebraska: Includes the final $161,290 of $241,235 in annual deferred compensation that will vest to Moos if he remains AD on Dec. 31, 2020. He vests in $20,161 each month. New Mexico: Includes $120,000 retention payment Nunez will receive if he remains AD through Sept. 24, 2020. This would represent payout of $40,000 for his completion of each of the first years of his contract.
North Carolina: Includes the final $33,333 of $200,000 in annual longevity payments that will either vest or be paid to Cunningham is he remains AD on June 30, 2020. He vests in $16,667 each month.
North Texas: Includes $75,000 annual retention payment Baker will receives if he remains AD through Feb. 28, 2021. Northern Illinois: Includes $20,000 annual retention payment that will be credited to Frazier if he remains AD through June 30, 2020. A total of $60,000, covering a three-year period that began July 1, 2018, will become payable in full only if Frazier remains AD on June 30, 2021. Frazier would vest in the credited portion if he is fired without cause before that date.
Ohio State: Includes $271,157 in longevity pay Smith will receive if he remains AD through June 30, 2020. This is sum of amounts that will have been credited to Smith annually over four-year period, beginning July 1, 2016.
Oklahoma: Includes final $22,222 of $400,000 retention payment that Castiglione will receive if he remains AD through June 30, 2020. Portions of the total have been accruing to Castiglione on a monthly basis, beginning July 1, 2018, and he would receive the total accrued amount if terminated without cause before June 30, 2020.
Old Dominion: Includes $20,000 retention payment Selig will receive if he remains AD on June 9, 2020.
Oregon: Includes $200,000 retention payment Mullens will receive if he remains AD through June 30, 2020.
Penn State: Based on term sheet, not full-form contract.
Purdue: Based on term sheet, not full-form contract.
South Alabama: Includes final $5,000 of a retention payment that will accrue to Erdmann if he remains AD through June 30, 2020. Portions of the full $60,000 payment have been accruing to Erdmann on a monthly basis, beginning July 1, 2019. He would receive the total accrued amount if fired without cause, or he would receive the full amount if he remains AD through June 30, 2021.
Tennessee: Includes $100,000 annual retention payment Fulmer will receive if he remains AD through Dec. 31, 2020.
Texas: Includes $250,000 annual deferred compensation that will be credited to Del Conte if remains AD through Aug. 31, 2020. Accumulated amount will not become payable until Nov. 1, 2024, or until he is fired without cause before that date.
Texas Tech: Includes $350,000 in deferred compensation that will be credited to Hocutt if he remains AD on Sept. 1, 2020. That amount, along with $575,000 previously credited, would vest to Hocutt on Aug. 31, 2021 or if he is fired without cause before that date.
Toledo: Includes $70,000 O’Brien is being paid to also serve as director of a university-wide fundraising campaign, effective July 1, 2019.
Troy: No contract available. Amount is base salary, as provided by university.
Utah State: Includes $125,000 one-time, lump-sum retention payment Hartwell will receive if he remains AD on June 30, 2020, the original expiration date of a contract that began on July 15, 2015.
Virginia Tech: Includes $230,000 annual retention payment that Babcock will receive if he remains AD through Dec. 31, 2020. Also includes remaining $66,667 of $100,000 annual contribution to deferred compensation plan that accrues to Babcock daily, on a calendar-year basis.
Washington: Includes $75,000 retention payment that will be credited to Cohen if she remains AD on May 31, 2020. That amount, along with $195,000 previously credited and a potential future credited amount, would vest to Cohen on Aug. 31, 2021 or if she is fired without cause before that date.
Washington State: Includes $25,000 annual retention payment that will be credited to Chun if he remains AD through Feb. 4, 2021. Amounts credited, plus interest of 3% per year, will vest to Chun on Feb. 4, 2023 or if he is fired without cause before that date.
Wisconsin: Includes $375,000 retention payment Alvarez will receive if he remains AD through Jan. 1, 2021.
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