JD has to save on coaching salaries due to UH’s budgetary problems

About how he’ll stop the record growth of coaching salaries at UH and try to get to level off, JD said:
“Over time, as coaches change, we can lower salary amounts.” (HA)

Asked if that was realistic, JD said:
“that’s the reality. That would be my approach.” (HA)

HA Note: “The tightening up on salaries comes as UH is running a $5.4 million deficit accumulated over the previous five years. Only a $4,385,555 Sugar Bowl payment put UH in the black for the fiscal year that closed June 30, 2008. For the year that concludes June 30, UH is currently projecting a $3 million deficit.”

About how leveling off salaries at UH comes at a time where coaching salaries are rising quickly at the rest of the country, especially in football and men’s basketball, JD said:
“Although (leveling salaries) would be counter to everything that is happening in the industry across the country, I think the time is changing with all the reports that I see coming out.” (HA)

HA Note: “Wilton and Trapasso could be the first to test Donovan’s plan. They are among those whose contracts are scheduled to expire this year.”


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