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D1 Coaching Contact: Academic Success

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Coaches all too often receive large bonuses when their team is winning, but why not for their team’s academic success?

Education Secretary Arne Duncan believes:

Universities need to tie bonus pay of their coaches and athletics directors more prominently to their college athletes’ academic performance

And so do we!

Key elements to a coach’s contact located in the academic incentive clause include:

  • Implement policies and demonstrate behavior that advances academic success
  • A flat bonus for meeting graduation rates or academic progress rate (APR) scores
  • A team cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Meeting each element would earn the coach a bonus money signmoney signmoney sign

Penalties should also be in place to regulate a decrease in a team’s academic performance.



Let’s not forget UConn’s recent NCAA Tournament suspension for low Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores




Grambling was also hit hard with binding force for low APR scores.

Sanctions should also be in place for a decrease in APR score, which include:

  • Limited practice
  • Shortened season
  • Game forfeiture
  • Scholarship reduction

After a scholarship reduction sanction, the next step is to implement an Academic Enhancement Team to aid student-athletes.

The following link by the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics sheds light on the athletic and academic discrepancies in a coach’s contract.

Do you ever wonder which school would win in an NCAA Academic Performance Tournament?

You’re not the first. In fact, Inside Higher Ed has an academic tournament giving the student-athletes and fans bragging rights in the classroom.

ncaa academic winnerThe 2014 winner is Kansas.






Coaching Student Athletes

Monday, April 7th, 2014

With the steadily increasing interest in college athletics, the importance of academics has decreased. Why is this? The student athlete is supposed to be student first, athlete second. But these days it seems they are athletes first and students eighth or ninth. Is this coach’s fault? Is there too much emphasis on the sport and little to none on academics? Nowadays, the elite athletes are only worried about if they’re going to make it to the league. The NCAA needs to get back to the original student athlete and get these players grades up; especially men’s basketball and football programs.

Adding incentives to coaches contracts could decrease the problem. The athlete has to want to work in the classroom also so the incentives should include them as much as possible. Also, I would suggest all teams be in some kind of study table with tutors.

  • If team gets a cumulative 2.5 GPA coach gets $5,000 bonus and players get new game shoes
  • If team has 2.75 GPA coach gets $10,000 bonus
  • If team has 3.0 GPA team gets off of study table

Obviously, it would be a very difficult task for a full football team to have a 3.0 but the schools could rearrange the contracts however they wanted to. It’s just my personal opinion that these athletes need to think realistically and that they are not going to be able to play their sport forever and need to think about real life. Their education needs to come before their sport and the person who can start that tradition HAS to be the coach and backed up by the institution.