Archive for Friday, May 11, 2007

Henrickson to earn $635,000

May 11, 2007


Details of Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson's new contract were made public on Thursday, several weeks after KU officials confirmed a new deal was agreed to.

And Henrickson, who just completed her third year at KU, is getting a whopper of a raise.

Kansas Athletics, Inc., will pay Henrickson a base salary of $220,000 per year, plus additional payments that will bring her total compensation to $635,000 a year.

The additional payment will come with services such as media appearences and other public-relations and promotional functions.

The $635,000 is quite a bit more than her first contract, which totaled $380,000 and included a base salary of $130,000. But the reasoning is twofold, according to athletic director Lew Perkins

"First off, we're trying to send a message that women's basketball is important to us at Kansas," Perkins said Thursday. "Secondly, Bonnie has done a great job here, and we want to show our support to her."

Perkins researched the contracts for the rest of the coaches in the Big 12 before negotiating the deal. He said Henrickson will be in the top half of the league in terms of compensation - which not only benefits Henrickson, but gets the word out on KU's commitment toward women's hoops.

In addition to the annual income, Henrickson once again has a retention agreement that would pay her an additional $150,000 per year if she remains as KU's coach through March 31, 2011.

Henrickson is 40-49 in her three years at Kansas, including an 11-20 mark this past season with one of the youngest teams in the Big 12. Still, the Jayhawks peaked late, winning five of their last seven regular-season games and beating NCAA Tournament team Oklahoma State in the Big 12 tournament.


Confrontation 10 years, 11 months ago

I agree with you, plumberscrack. In what other job can you have so little success and get so much money? The presidency, perhaps? Ford Motor Company CEO?

imastinker 10 years, 11 months ago

Unbelievable. At least with mens ball you can make the argument that it brings money to the university, but womens ball does not. They can't even fill the fieldhouse when they give tickets away.

Why should the state senate be paying for maintenance when money is being spent like this?

Raider 10 years, 11 months ago

Considering that she inherited a program that was in shambles two seasons ago, 40-49 is not that bad. If she would have taken a winning program and destroyed it (Marian) and left absolutely no talented playes, then your comments would be justified. As far as bringing dollars in the door, don't blame that on Bonnie. Blame that on pathetic fansmanship. KU fans care about one thing, and one thing only.... men's basketball. They won't even show up for a football game, much less any other sport. When your stadium seats over 50K and you average around 40k per game that's pretty sad. Especially when that average is boosted by the visiting fans from rival schools.

laughingatallofu 10 years, 11 months ago


You're right, but something is wrong with this picture. You have an athletic department that treats human beings as a commodity (No, this isn't unique to KU, and the term "student-athlete" is a joke---they are commodities, whose value to the University---er--athletic department---drops to near zero when their eligibility is over)), gets paid at a salary higher than most people in Kansas. Hmmm.

I guess that there's no "merit system" in the athletics department.

40-49? That's a 45% average. I'd suggest that her salary be cut in HALF until she "performs" like the rest of the University staff is expected to do.

I wonder what would happen if a newly-hired janitor walked into a restroom and saw that the place was left in "shambles" by the previous janitor, and after 2 years, cleaned up only 45% of the mess, promising to do the rest "next season". Would she/he get such a big raise (percentage-wise?)

I know, I know, I'm comparing apples and oranges, but the Janitor is making, what, $7-8 an hour (while he is working)? And Ms. Bonnie is making nearly $70/hr while she's at work, in bed, on the John, buying groceries (or does someone do that for her, as part of her contract), etc.

Sorry. but that kind of $$$ is excessive for a person whose job it is to coach "student-athletes" for the sake of "entertainment". I'm sure that MS. Bonnie sees it differently, but I don't.

(You can add Lew, Bill, Mangino, and the rest of the crew to the above statement. I' wasn't picking on Ms. Bonnie in particular, but she IS the topic of the thread).

Oh, and by the way. Men's B-ball, while it makes money, it makes money for the ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT, not the University. I'm still wondering why Lew Perkins isn't donating any money to fix up any building on campus other than the athletic facilities (If he has, I haven't seen it reported). Why would Lew want to fix up a chemistry lab? Because "student-athletes" are generally discouraged from taking "hard" courses, like chemistry! Duh!

I need to go take a walk.

imastinker 10 years, 11 months ago

This is college. There's an article on the front page about how tuition will likly go up again. College athletics are supposed to improve the attendance and credibility of a university, as well as make money. Otherwise it shouldn't be there.

Why should students pay for this? Why should someone like me (a grad) ever donate money to the university if this is the way it's handled?

Raider 10 years, 11 months ago

The athletic department is a seperate entity. The tuition you pay does not go to the athletic department. The ticket prices that we pay goes to the athletic department. The money you donate to the university does not go to the athletic department (unless you specify). I love how a lot of these people blur lines between the athletic department and academics.

imastinker 10 years, 11 months ago

Blurred lines? You mean like how if they are seperate entity the regents university deferred maintenance package had over half of it for athletics? If they are seperate entities, why are they not paying for themsleves?

What would be so wrong with helping to pay for the rest of the university operations?

Raider 10 years, 11 months ago

No, I mean blurred lines as in people thinking their tuition goes to pay coach's salaries.

imastinker 10 years, 11 months ago

So why is it OK for my tax dollars to go there while a coach is making this kind of money for a program that loses money?

Leprechaunking13 10 years, 11 months ago

More people are paying attention to KU's womens basketball team than have for the last 10 years. Look at the records that Marion Washington had her last 4 or 5 seasons and you'll see why they gave henrickson the renegotiated salary. 40-49 in 3 years is a world of difference from where the womens team had been with Washington. This season they had 7 freshman and 4 got regular playing time, give her another couple years before you try and doubt her abilities as a coach and put her on the chopping block. You guys are just like the people who go after Selfs head when he loses 4 games in a season, you don't know what you are talking about but seem to think you know everything. There is obviously a reason that you aren't in the position that Lew Perkins is in, making huge finacial decisions for the athletic department such as this.....BECAUSE YOU'RE ALL TALKIN OUT YOUR A**ES!!!

Leprechaunking13 10 years, 11 months ago

And the football program is on the rise, and the excitement for it by the students and this town that hasnt' been matched for 15 years. Mangino has brought this town to the edge of its seat the last couple seasons waiting for a breakthrough year and barring injuries this season could be it. Look at the fan attendance during the Terry Allen era, compared to with Mangino if you ignore those statistics you r being ignorant about this situation and there will be no pleasing you until all the major athletic programs at Kansas are completely flawless, which is to say none of you will ever be satisfied with KU sports.

Centrist 10 years, 11 months ago

"First off, we're trying to send a message that women's basketball is important to us at Kansas,"

That's fine, but is it more important than education?

KU_cynic 10 years, 11 months ago

KU Athletics makes more money (from tickets, TV deals, merchandise licensing, alumni donations) and can only spend so much on the student athletes. So where does the extra money go -- into coaches' and ADs' salaries. The KU men's basketball team generates the money, and the rest of the parasites start sucking it up. Pretty simple, really.

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