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Missouri coach pledges loyalty

Anderson’s contract with Tigers loaded with incentives

March 29, 2006

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— New Missouri basketball coach Mike Anderson will earn a minimum of $850,000 annually over the next five years - as long as he "agrees to be a loyal employee" and doesn't bad-mouth the school.

Those clauses are just some of the conduct requirements spelled out in the 22-page employment contract, which was signed Monday and released to the Associated Press on Tuesday through the state's public-records laws.

Anderson, who comes to Missouri after four years as Alabama-Birmingham coach, also will be expected to:

¢ "maintain a mature and rational attitude, keep emotions in control and downplay defeats";

¢ "establish and maintain a frequent and systematic program of personal communication with the university's administration, faculty, staff and student body";

¢ "keep public statements complimentary to the athletic program and the university";

¢ make a minimum of 30 public appearances annually at booster lunches, alumni dinners and similar community events.

No such behavioral requirements, nor a stipulated minimum number of public appearances, are found in the contracts of either Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel or Anderson's predecessor, Quin Snyder, who resigned in mid-February with six regular-season games remaining.

Anderson's base salary is less than the $1.015 million a year Snyder earned before he left during his seventh season at Missouri. But the new coach's contract is loaded with more incentives than Snyder had, including an extra $10,000 for reaching at least 20 wins against Division I opponents and $25,000 for drawing at least 10,000 paying fans on average to Mizzou Arena.

Anderson will be allowed up to $20,000 each year in discretionary expenses. He receives a free membership to the Country Club of Missouri and the use of two courtesy cars donated by local dealers - one fewer than Snyder had.

Should he reach all outlined goals, Anderson's yearly salary with incentives would climb to $1.465 million - a sizable increase from his base annual salary of $600,000 at UAB.

"I think it's a very attractive job," Anderson said Tuesday about UAB in a final interview session at Bartow Arena. "When I got here, it was Alabama at Birmingham. It's UAB now. It's UAB wherever you go."

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