Kansas has taken another step toward gender equity in its athletic program.
KU women's basketball coach Marian Washington has signed a four-year contract that will bring her base salary in line with men's basketball coach Roy Williams within three years.
Last spring, the KU athletic department announced it would add women's soccer and women's crew to its intercollegiate program in 1995-96.
Washington's new pact calls for a base salary of $90,000 this year, $100,000 in 1996 and $110,000 in 1997, which apparently will match Williams' salary that season.
Williams' current salary is listed as $100,450. That's also the listed salary of head football coach Glen Mason.
Washington, who turned 48 today and has been the Jayhawks' head coach for 22 years, earned $75,000 last season.
Kansas becomes the second Big Eight school to announce it will bring the salaries of its men's and women's basketball coaches into alignment. Earlier, Colorado athletic director Bill Marolt said women's coach Ceal Barry and men's coach Joe Harrington eventually would be paid equally.
Washington has been a head coach at Kansas longer than any current staffer and is the dean of Big Eight women's basketball coaches. Her career record is 390-231. The Jayhawks were 22-6 last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Kansas has won six Big Eight tournaments and made five NCAA Tournament appearances in Washington's tenure. Her record in NCAA tourney games is 3-5.
Washington's salary adjustment is part of the general upgrading of the women's basketball program that has included more spacious offices in Parrott Complex and a 25 percent hike in the program's budget to nearly $700,000 for this fiscal year.