Calipari's parting post-season gift: $325,000 in bonuses

UK Coach cashes in on Final Four run

ctruman@herald-leader.comApril 5, 2011 

University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari will have $325,000 in bonuses to ease the sting of his team's Final Four loss to the University of Connecticut on Saturday night.

Had UK won the national championship, Calipari would have qualified for an additional $375,000.

Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart will receive $50,000 in bonuses for the Cats' performance in the post-season.

Under Calipari's contract, he receives:

■ $50,000 if UK wins the SEC tournament.

■ $100,000 for an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.

■ $175,000 for an NCAA Final Four appearance.

The bonuses for Calipari and Barnhart are generated by athletics revenues and are not part of UK's general fund.

Barnhart's 2011 contract, which was extended by UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. in February, gave him the following bonuses for UK men's basketball team performance:

■ $25,000 if the men's basketball team plays in the NCAA Tournament.

■ $25,000 if the team plays in the Final Four.

Barnhart's base salary is $600,000, and he is now under contract until 2019.

Calipari's base salary is $400,000; he also receives $3.4 million annually for broadcasting and endorsement payments, according to his contract. He is eligible for a $75,000 retention incentive in March 2014, a $50,000 bonus related to men's basketball team academic progress, and $50,000 for graduation rates.

When Calipari was hired in 2009, his deal called for eight years and a total compensation package of $31.65 million.

The coaches in Monday night's NCAA championship game are not as well compensated as Coach Cal.

Connecticut Coach Jim Calhoun has an annual compensation package of $1.33 million. His contract said he will get $87,499 for his team's victory Monday night.

Butler University Coach Brad Stevens makes $554,941 in base salary, incentives and bonuses. It could not immediately be determined what bonus the coach at the private university would have earned if Butler had won the national title.

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