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• So, we’re looking for a new football coach. That should come as no surprise to anyone (except perhaps — based on his Missouri postgame interview — Turner Gill).
The fact that Kansas Athletics owes him $6 million over the next 90 days has been widely reported, but I noticed in reading the official statement from Kansas Athletics that they said they would be paying “some $6 million” to Gill over the next 90 days.
That was curious to me, as I was only aware that KU owed Gill exactly $2 million per year for the next three years based on his annual salary.
So I went back and read his contract. You can, too. Here it is.
In reading the contract, it’s rather obvious that KU terminated Gill pursuant to section 13 of the contract, “Termination Without Cause.”
That section outlines the payment of Gill’s remaining $2 million per year compensation — one-third due within 30 days, one-third due within 60 days and the remaining third within 90 days.
But, in addition to his $2 million salary, he’s also due an annual retention bonus of $100,000 per year.
Under the terms of Gill’s contract, if Kansas Athletics terminates him without cause, he’s also due $100,000 for the first year, and a pro-rated sum based on the number of days he’s served for this year. Using the formula outlined in his retention agreement, that comes out to just over $90,000.
At least Gill will pay the taxes on these bonus payments — unlike the bonuses for basketball coach Bill Self and former AD Lew Perkins.
So it’s really not $6 million Kansas Athletics owes Turner Gill over the next 90 days, it’s really closer to $6.2 million, according to the contract.
Maybe it’s not that a big of deal — that extra $200,000 or so — but I’ll say this. If anyone has an extra $200,000 lying around they don’t know what do with, I’d certainly be willing to take it off their hands. And it shows that there's some real money hiding in some of the substructures of athletics contracts today.
It’ll be interesting to see if the next coaching contract — which will be signed by athletic director Sheahon Zenger, and not Perkins — will be structured in a similar manner to this one.
• It’s been an interesting weekend for the situation surrounding former KU Provost Richard Lariviere, who remains, at least for the moment, president of the University of Oregon.
As we reported last week, his governing board told him that his contract would not be renewed.
The state’s governor, however, backed the board, which could terminate him as soon as this afternoon.
The Register-Guard, the newspaper covering Eugene, Ore., reported the governor had directed Lariviere to “hold the line” on faculty salary increases to “allow for a consistent, systemwide policy on salaries.”
Lariviere just went ahead and approved increases for many administrators and faculty anyway. That made him popular with Oregon’s faculty, but didn’t exactly endear him to his bosses.
It’s been an interesting thing to watch, especially since I heard similar kinds of complaints about Lariviere while he was here, and it says something about the way higher education functions in general. Some folks, it seems, get frustrated with the glacial pace at which things move in higher education sometimes.
It’ll be interesting to see what Oregon’s board does today.
• Here’s an interesting article from the Associated Press from over the weekend about foreign student recruiters.
These sorts of recruiters, paid by the number of students they get to come to the United States, are apparently coming under fire for the quality of their applicants.
Lots more on this in the AP article.
I’ll admit, I don’t have a good sense of how these folks are used at KU, but I may look closer at it over the course of this week. If you have some insight, feel free to let me know.
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