Kansas assistant basketball coach Joe Holladay no longer will have to scrape by on $16,000 per year.
The NCAA administrative committee Thursday voted to lift rules limiting compensation to coaches in "restricted-earnings positions."
The committed acted in response to a federal judge's order siding with five coaches who argued the NCAA rules violated federal antitrust laws.
Holladay has been KU's restrictive-earnings basketball coach the past two seasons, netting the maximum salary of $16,000. He was paid $12,000 from the university and $4,000 for running coach Roy Williams' summer camp.
"I would say I'm thrilled with the ruling and that I'm also cautiously optimistic because the general body still has to vote on this in January," Holladay said.
Indeed, NCAA executive director Cedric Dempsey said Thursday, "Once we have received the full (court) opinion, we will examine all options and discuss how to proceed in the best interests of the association."
However, no further response will happen until after next January's NCAA convention.
"A lot of things can happen between now and January, but for the next six months, I'm gonna act like I've got a full paycheck coming," Holladay said.
And that will be the case.
Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick, who signs the checks, said he is pleased for Holladay and all basketball restricted-earnings coaches, who have the same duties as full-time assistants, with the exception of off-campus recruiting.
The NCAA has said assistants such as Holladay now will be able to recruit off-campus.
"For the basketball coaches like coach Holladay who have been restricted-earnings coaches at considerable financial sacrifice, I am pleased for them," Frederick said. "Where there were restricted-earnings positions treated in some sports like graduate assistant positions, I don't suppose this makes much difference."
Frederick cautioned the NCAA might, in response, decide to pass legislation limiting staffs to two assistant coaches and one graduate assistant.
But that's in January at the earliest. For now, Holladay is a man about to receive additional compensation.
"You always want to be paid fairly for what you think you contribute to a program," Holladay said. "I am thankful coach (Roy) Williams and Dr. Frederick have always said they do not support the NCAA's restricted-earnings issue. They have always been in my corner."