RICH ROD

Arizona football: Regents approve Rodriguez extension

2013-02-08T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T15:33:28Z Arizona football: Regents approve Rodriguez extensionPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

After leading the Arizona Wildcats to an 8-5 record in his first season, Rich Rodriguez received a raise Thursday of almost a quarter-million dollars, not counting bonuses and a new retention fund.

The Arizona Board of Regents approved the $225,000 base salary increase and one-year contract extension for the football coach during its meeting in Phoenix.

Rodriguez's base salary of $1.23 million comes entirely from athletic revenue and not from donations or university funds.

He makes another $495,000 for "peripheral duties," such as radio and television appearances and speaking engagements. He also receives $300,000 of his non-university funded pay from Nike and IMG, the UA's sports marketing arm.

"The job that he and his staff has done has been outstanding: coming in and making a tremendous impact on Arizona football, our athletic department and our university," said UA athletic director Greg Byrne, who first spoke to Rodriguez about a revised deal in mid-October.

Because the regents don't award contracts stretching longer than five years, Rodriguez's extension brings his deal to the maximum length, through the 2017 season.

"Some universities out there have the flexibility of doing very long contracts, seven-plus years," Byrne said. "We do not, and I understand why we have the parameters that we do.

"I think when you have somebody special, like Rich Rodriguez and (UA men's basketball coach) Sean Miller and a number of our other coaches, I like to try to keep them at that five-year number, if that will work with our university and Board of Regents."

The UA has established a retention fund for the coach.

At the end of each contract year, starting Nov. 30 and running through 2016, it will deposit $125,000 into an account.

The Wildcats will pay Rodriguez the value of the fund if he is still employed at the UA on July 1, 2014, and again Nov. 30, 2016 - a maximum total of $500,000.

Rodriguez would be obligated to pay the UA $1.5 million if he takes a new job before Dec. 1, and $1 million if he leaves between Dec. 1, 2013, and Nov. 30, 2014.

After that date, Rodriguez can leave without a buyout unless he becomes a head coach within the Wildcats' conference.

The UA owes Rodriguez his entire salary if he is fired without cause.

The coach also received a significant bump in academic bonuses. If his team's multiyear Academic Progress Rate exceeds 952, he would receive $25,000, up from the $5,000 agreed to last year. If it tops 1,000, he would get $50,000, up from $7,500.

If the team's cumulative GPA exceeds 2.6, Rodriguez would receive $25,000, up from $5,000 last year. If it tops 3.0, he would get $50,000, up from $7,500.

Six Pac-12 coaches have been hired since Rodriguez was named the UA coach on Nov. 21, 2011.

"The day we hired him, he was right in the middle of the Pac-12," Byrne said.

According to a USA Today survey, Rodriguez's base salary ranked No. 8 among the 10 public schools in the Pac-12 last year.

Amato contract

The Regents also approved new soccer coach Tony Amato's three-year contract, agreed to in December.

The former Stephen F. Austin coach will make $80,000 per year, $5,000 less than former UA boss Lisa Oyen. Amato's salary, after bonuses, will be capped at $110,000.

He will receive $15,000 for winning the NCAA title and $10,000 for finishing in the top four. He gets $5,000 apiece for making the NCAA tournament and winning the Pac-12.

Academic bonuses could reach $15,000.

He'll get a $10,000 payment each year and a $1,200 merchandise allotment from Nike.

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