Arizona Wildcats basketball: Breaking down Miller's revised deal

2014-06-06T12:05:00Z 2014-06-06T14:18:44Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Breaking down Miller's revised dealBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

As expected, the Arizona Board of Regents approved a multimillion dollar retention plan and extended contracts for Sean Miller, Rich Rodriguez and Greg Byrne.

The approvals give Byrne ($125,000) and Rodriguez ($170,000) raises for 2014-15 but do not immediately affect Miller, who was already scheduled to receive a $100,000 raise, except for the new booster-provided retention plan. The approvals do give Miller an extra year on his contract for 2018-19 and a $100,000 increase for that season.

Here’s what Miller is scheduled to receive in 2014-15:

UA compensation

Base salary: $1.3 million

Peripheral duties: $700,000

Total UA compensation: $2 million

Outside compensation

Nike: $200,000*

IMG: $200,000*

Total outside compensation: $400,000*

(Note: The NIKE and IMG figures are minimums; Miller earned $220,506 from NIKE and $207,700 from IMG in 2012-13, the last year records are available from.)

Total guaranteed compensation: $2.4 million

Performance incentives

NCAA tournament

 $25,000 for round of 32

 $50,000 for Sweet 16

 $50,000 for Elite Eight

 $175,000 for Final Four

 $500,000 for NCAA title

(Note: bonuses are cumulative, so will total $800,000 if Wildcats win NCAA title)

Final regular-season top 25 rankings (AP media or ESPN coaches)

 $30,000 for Top 10

 $20,000 for Top 15

(Bonuses are not cumulative)


 $40,000 for 25 or more

 $20,000 for 20 or more

(Bonuses are not cumulative)


 $20,000 for Pac-12 coach of year

 $40,000 for national coach of year

Academic incentives

Team GPA

 $50,000 for 2.6

 $125,000 for 2.75

 $175,000 for 2.90

 $200,000 for 3.00

(Bonuses are not cumulative)

Academic Progress Rate

 $25,000 for 960 or better

 $50,000 for 1,000

(Bonuses are not cumulative. Graduation Success Rate incentives were removed in 2011.)

Charter airplane use

 45 hours of noncommercial use for recruiting and other program-related activity

Retention bonuses

 From a UA booster: 21,875 shares of stock (worth $773,500 as of May 12) towards a retention bonus, to be paid only if he is fired without cause or stays at UA through 2021-22. He will accumulate another 21,875 shares each year for the following seven years. Total bonus will be $6.1 million (in value as of May 12) if he stays the full eight seasons.

 From UA: $300,000 towards a $2.1 million bonus to be paid only if he stays through 2015-16. Miller has already accumulated $1.5 million in credit but, until 2016, is only eligible for that retention balance if he is fired without cause.

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