Clemson basketball coach Oliver Purnell (50 years old): In April 2003, he agreed to a six-year contract through the 2008-09 season, with a base salary of $150,000 and an annual value of approximately $700,000 overall. The deal also includes a bonus of more than $900,000 if he stays with the Tigers through 2009.
Clemson football coach Tommy Bowden (49): In December 2003, he agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2010 season. It includes a base salary of $165,000 and is worth about $1.1 million per year overall.
Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski (56): As a private university, Duke is not obligated to provide details of the deal, but sources said the coach's lifetime contract includes guaranteed annual compensation of more than $800,000, and his total package is more than $1.6 million per year.
Duke football coach Ted Roof (40): In December 2003, he signed a deal of unknown duration and compensation. Best guess: $400,000 per year.
Florida State basketball coach Leonard Hamilton (55): In March 2002, he signed a five-year deal through the 2006-07 season. It includes a base salary of $140,000 and is worth $775,000 per year overall.
Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden (74): In August 2003, he signed a five-year extension through the 2007 season. It includes a base salary of $186,000 and is worth more than $2.1 million per year overall.
Georgia Tech basketball coach Paul Hewitt (40): In June 2003, he signed a new five-year contract through the 2007-08 season. It includes a base salary of $225,000 and is worth more than $600,000 per year overall.
Georgia Tech football coach Chan Gailey (52): In December 2001, he signed a five-year contract through the 2006 season, worth an average of approximately $1 million per year.
Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams (58): In November 2002, he agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2008-09 season. His deal is worth an average of more than $1.2 million per year overall.
Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen (56): In December 2001, he agreed to a 10-year contract extension through the 2011 season. It includes a base salary of $200,000 and is worth an average of about $1.2 million per year overall. (Please remember, Maryland fans: This number does not include bonuses.) In January, the Terps indicated that they plan to give the coach another raise.
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams (53): In October 2003, he signed an eight-year contract through the 2010-11 season. It includes a base salary of $260,000 and is worth an average of $1.6 million per year overall.
North Carolina football coach John Bunting (53): In January 2002, he received a six-year contract extension through the 2008 season. It includes a base salary of $260,000 and is worth approximately $650,000 per year overall.
N.C. State basketball coach Herb Sendek (40): He is under contract through at least the 2006-07 season, with a deal worth approximately $800,000 per year. NCSU officials talked about another one-year extension for the coach last summer, but the university never made any official announcement in that regard.
N.C. State football coach Chuck Amato (57): In April 2003, he agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2007 season. The deal is worth $750,000 per year, and an $840,000 annuity (paid by the Wolfpack Club) becomes activated if the coach remains in Raleigh through the conclusion of the agreement.
Virginia basketball coach Pete Gillen (56): During the summer of 2001, he agreed to a new 10-year contract through the 2010-11 season. It includes a base salary of $187,250 and is worth an average of $900,000 per year overall. According to Virginia media reports, the deal does not have a traditional buyout clause, which normally limits a school's responsibility to a fired coach to his base salary multiplied by the number of seasons remaining on the agreement. Why does that matter? Well, if UVa were to fire Gillen at the end of this season, with seven years left on his deal, a traditional buyout clause would have limited the school's obligation to the coach to around $1.3 million. Without the buyout clause, that number could be as high as $6.3 million ($900,000 times seven), or possibly (assuming only university-related money is guaranteed by the school) about $4.1 million.
Virginia football coach Al Groh (59): In December 2000, he agreed to a seven-year contract through the 2007 season. He has a base salary of $200,000 per year, and his total compensation ranges from $765,000 to more than $800,000 over the course of the deal.
Wake Forest basketball coach Skip Prosser (53): In April 2003, he signed a 10-year contract extension through the 2012-13 season. As a private university, Wake is not obligated to provide details of the deal, but sources said the coach's total package is in excess of $1 million per year.
Wake Forest football coach Jim Grobe (51): In January 2003, he signed a new 10-year contract through the 2012 season. Sources said the coach's total package is in excess of $750,000 per year.
Finally, a few important things to remember about these coaches' contracts: (1) only a fraction of these totals is paid directly by the school, with the rest coming from radio/TV deals, shoe company deals, booster-club contributions and other sources; (2) the numbers above do not include a variety of performance-based bonus possibilities, which normally are paid by the school; (3) the buyouts and guarantees included in contracts are far more important than the actual lengths; and (4) in America, absolutely no contract assures that a person will remain in a certain job for the specified period. Even coaches with 10-year contracts can get fired or leave at any time.
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