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Kansas overpaid Bonnie Henrickson

Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson motions to her team during Kansas’ game against Kansas State Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. The Wildcats defeated the Jayhawks, on senior night, 56-51.

Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson motions to her team during Kansas’ game against Kansas State Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. The Wildcats defeated the Jayhawks, on senior night, 56-51.

June 30, 2011

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Your favorite local university not only has the best college basketball coach west of the Mississippi working for it, but for at least one year it also had the most overpaid college basketball coach on its payroll.

The first one’s name is Bill Self, the second Bonnie Henrickson.

It took looking at a tax form, 990, filed by the Kansas University athletic department for the 2009 calendar year (fiscal year 2009-2010) to realize just what a sweet deal former athletic director Lew Perkins bestowed upon Henrickson, aside from football coach Turner Gill his most high-profile hire.

All Henrickson had to do during her first five seasons as coach of the program she inherited from Marian Washington was to avoid serious criminal activity, discreditable conduct and NCAA rules violations to set herself up for a (before-taxes) 2009 payoff in excess of $1.8 million, about $1.3 million of which was for making it through five years without getting fired for cause. Poor performance is not considered cause.

That’s how much faith Perkins had that Henrickson would turn KU’s women’s basketball program into a winner when he signed her in March of 2004.

Seven years later, Bonnie hasn’t taken a single KU team to the NCAA Tournament, never has finished higher than tied for seventh in the Big 12 and never has posted better than a 6-10 conference record.

At Virginia Tech, Henrickson coached the Hokies into five NCAA Tournament appearances in seven seasons. At Kansas, she’s tried hard to match that success. Maybe she’s tried too hard, put too many hours in, studied too much tape, overloading her players with far too much information. They expend so much mental energy trying to remember what they’re supposed to be doing, they don’t have any left to feel the game, to tap their creativity, to improve at a rapid rate.

Perkins has taken heat for many things that happened under his watch, but not for making what will amount to a very expensive mistake in hiring Henrickson, unless she finally turns it around.

Why no heat? First, Herickson’s such a nice person and does so much good for non-basketball, charitable causes, she gets the benefit of the doubt. Second, her team generates so little interest, it’s seldom in the conversation.

Teased too many times by strong nonconference performances, only to be let down in Big 12 play, the fan base understandably has grown suspicious of expecting too much.

In contrast, Henrickson’s expectations never have been higher.

“I think we were two games away (from making the tournament),” Henrickson said. “As young as we were, offensively we made some progress. Defensively, we were worse than when we had less talent. I’m excited about the five freshmen we have coming in. Our recruiting class was ranked 27th, and some of the kids can help us in areas we need help.”

Playing in the Big 12 makes it difficult to win, easier to recruit.

“I’m excited about the kids I’m on the phone with who I can’t talk about,” she said. “Really, really good players. They believe in what we’re doing and think we have a lot to offer. They have great respect for the league we’re in.”

Comments

Jeff Barclay 4 years, 2 months ago

Too much information indeed. I'm a jock. Former coach. And I get worn out listening to her talk on the radio. Lot's of big B-Ball jargon. If she has the talent she claims, let 'em play. Let 'em play. Some games the women act paralyzed out on the court.

newmedia 4 years, 2 months ago

Guess it is true. You get what you pay for!

formerfarmer 4 years, 2 months ago

I wondered why the article on Hendricks pay was headlined on the front page. It was so this article would follow on the sports page and try to make a big deal out of nothing. By looking at other Big12 womens coaches salaries, it don't think Bonnie's is out of line. Divide the longevity bonus by the years she has been coach, added to her yearly salary, she is about average. Wonder what Keegan's salary is compared to other Big 12 daily newspaper sports reporter salaries?

The following info was found on BaylorFans.com. I believe this article was from April, 2010.

Kim Mulkey, Baylor, 10 year contract signed in 2007, calls for more than $1,000,000. (current estimate is $1,150,000.) per year plus bonuses. As a private school, Baylor is not required to disclose her compensation package.

Gale Goestenkors, Texas, five years at $1,000,000. plus bonuses.

Sherri Coale, Oklahoma, new extended contract starts at $900,000. per year plus bonuses.

Gary Blair, Texas A&M, $800,000. per year plus bonuses.

Kristi Curry, Texas Tech, will make $600,000. in 2011 plus bonuses.

Bill Fennelly, Iowa State, $585,000. plus bonuses.

Deb Patterson, Kansas State, $525,000. starting in 2011, plus bonuses.

Bonnie Hendrickson, Kansas, $485,000. plus bonuses, was just paid a $150,000. retention bonus.

Connie Yori, Nebraska, $384,000. plus bonuses. Nebraska is now negotiating a new, long term contract with Coach Yori.

Kurt Budke, Oklahoma State, $335,000. plus bonuses.

Robin Pingeton, Missouri, $300,000. plus bonuses (incentives to max at $600,000.). .

Linda Lappe, Colorado, no compensation information on this new Coach.

Jayhawk1963 4 years, 2 months ago

Maybe you should pay some attention to what these other coaches have ACCOMPLISHED! That might make a little more sense.

Jayhawk1963 4 years, 2 months ago

As pathetic as Hendrickson's record is, she is not the only problem with KU athletics. Sadly, rot and mediocrity completely permeates KUAC with the sole exception of Bill Self and AD Zenger. Why any self-respecting fan would donate money or buy tickets to anything other than men's basketball is truly astonishing. NONE of the other sports DESERVE support! KU is the laughing stock of the Big 12 (10)!!! And I can remember when KU was always competing for the Big 8 all-sports trophy.

Zenger should call all these freeloaders together and lay down the law. You either start producing or you're out on your ass! And until you start producing, there will be no more raises or extensions. Furthermore, this edict should also apply to all those assistant and associate ADs and other assorted deadwood that Perkins hired! Employment contracts CAN be renegotiated, you know.

On a related topic, I see where Dick Harp and Bob Frederick are to be inducted into the Kansas Hall of Fame. Are you kidding me??? Both gentlemen were nice guys and loyal Jayhawks but no way near H of F caliber as players or coaches/administrators. In fact, Frederick was largely responsible for the downward spiral of KUAC's performance. Two examples: (1) He allowed Roy Williams to convince him to hire Terry Allen, the worst football coach since Bob Valesente. (2) He also allowed some jackass professor to convince him to fire Dave Bingham, one of KU's few successful baseball coaches. With the sole exception of rolling the dice on Roy Williams, Frederick botched EVERY OTHER personnel decision he had to make.

If KU ever loses Bill Self, they had better try to rejoin the Missouri Valley Conference. But watch out for Northern Iowa!

Jayhawk1963 4 years, 2 months ago

As pathetic as Hendrickson's record is, she is not the only problem with KU athletics. Sadly, rot and mediocrity completely permeates KUAC with the sole exception of Bill Self and AD Zenger. Why any self-respecting fan would donate money or buy tickets to anything other than men's basketball is truly astonishing. NONE of the other sports DESERVE support! KU is the laughing stock of the Big 12 (10)!!! And I can remember when KU was always competing for the Big 8 all-sports trophy.

Zenger should call all these freeloaders together and lay down the law. You either start producing or you're out on your ass! And until you start producing, there will be no more raises or extensions. Furthermore, this edict should also apply to all those assistant and associate ADs and other assorted deadwood that Perkins hired! Employment contracts CAN be renegotiated, you know.

On a related topic, I see where Dick Harp and Bob Frederick are to be inducted into the Kansas Hall of Fame. Are you kidding me??? Both gentlemen were nice guys and loyal Jayhawks but no way near H of F caliber as players or coaches/administrators. In fact, Frederick was largely responsible for the downward spiral of KUAC's performance. Two examples: (1) He allowed Roy Williams to convince him to hire Terry Allen, the worst football coach since Bob Valesente. (2) He also allowed some jackass professor to convince him to fire Dave Bingham, one of KU's few successful baseball coaches. With the sole exception of rolling the dice on Roy Williams, Frederick botched EVERY OTHER personnel decision he had to make.

If KU ever loses Bill Self, they had better try to rejoin the Missouri Valley Conference. But watch out for Northern Iowa!

LeBo 4 years, 2 months ago

Sign Bonnie up for the other $1.3 million for the new West Lawrence Recreation Center, or call the FBI for embezzlement! lol

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