By winning the school's eighth consecutive Big 12 title during the regular season, [Kansas coach Bill] Self earned a $50,000 performance bonus. And when his team pulled away late to beat North Carolina in the Midwest Regional finals Sunday, Self guaranteed himself another $100,000. If the Jayhawks can get by Ohio State, a team they have beaten once already this season, and then win their second national championship in five years, Self will take another $200,000 to the bank.
The potential of $350,000 in incentives pales in comparison, though, to what could await Calipari... Calipari already has earned an extra* $50,000 for capturing the
Southeastern Conference regular-season title, $100,000 each for making
the regional semifinals and finals and $150,000 for beating Baylor and
taking the Wildcats back to the Final Four. Winning the basketball-mad
school's eighth NCAA tournament title would net another $350,000.
Incidentally, the bonus tied to Kentucky's academic progress rate? A mere $50,000.
* extras above base salary of $3.8 million
p.s. - best wishes tonight to Tubby Smith and his Minnesota Golden Gophers as they take on the Stanford Cardinal in the championship game of the NIT tournament.