This is what all college coaching contracts should look like. To gain control of the insane escalation of coaching compensation, all institutions at the same level should act in concert (yes, collusion, but healthy & justified collusion) & just decide to pay all of the coaches in a particular sport at the same level with bonuses available to those who excel each year. The coaches should make the same base amount & then they should be awarded bonuses on an annual basis IF they hit the on-field & off-field achievement marks set for them. That way, only those who are continuously getting it done reap the greatest rewards. Current contracts would be an obstacle but could be collectively bought out. Then the coaches either take it or leave it. They can't go anywhere to escape the NCAA salary scale except the NFL. If they choose to leave, so be it. This would return fiscal sanity to the compensation of a bunch of glorified gym teachers.
Houston Nutt made $2.76 million last year in his final season at Ole Miss. The man who replaced him can actually make more than that. If he earns a heckuva lot of incentive bonuses.
Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request by The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Ole Miss officials have further outlined the salary structure for the new Revel football coach. At Freeze’s introductory presser UM chancellor Dan Jones said the coach’s base salary would be $1.5 million with bonus opportunities that could bring that total in “excess” of $2.5 million.
Now UM spokesperson Kyle Campbell has revealed to The Clarion-Ledger’s Hugh Kellenberger that Freeze has “an opportunity to earn more than $1,400,000 in incentive payments.” He also said the incentives “are based upon performance on the field and in the classroom.”
Do a bit of math — $1.5 million base salary plus > than $1.4 million in incentive bonuses — and you find that Freeze could make between $2.9 and $3 million next season for the Rebels. Nice numbers. But we suspect the majority of those bonuses will be awfully darn hard to hit.