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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 Contracts

Monday, April 7th, 2014

It disturbs me that my men’s basketball and football coaches are caring less and less about academics and more and more about on the court success.  In order to make it so the coaches start recruiting athletes who focus more on academics I will make changes to their contracts.  Unfortunately, I do not believe that punishing the coaches will change anything because athletic success might be enough incentive to keep pursuing athletes with poor GPAs.  In order to obtain more academic success, I will decrease the amount of money that comes as a bonus for doing well athletically, and I will increase the number of possible bonuses and the amount of money for those bonuses if the coach does well with academics.  According to a study of Division I coaching contracts by Wilson and Burke, athletic incentives make up around 90% of all the incentives a coach receives.  I believe that we can take some of this money they can potentially earn and put it into academic incentives.  I think that the academic incentives will do are:

  • Team GPA higher than a 3.0
  • Incoming Freshmen high school GPA being higher than a 3.0
  • Earning National Academic Accolades
  • An APR rating of >980
  • A GSR (Graduation Success Rate) of >85%

I believe that if one lowers the amount of athletic incentive money listed in contracts that you will be able to increase importance on academics.

Another way I will emphasize academics is write into the contracts clauses that include potential termination if the coach is not making academic progress.  I will define academic progress as team GPAs increasing each season or staying above a 3.0, and/or APR and GSR increasing each season or staying at desired levels.

I understand that a lot of this is also determined on the student and what type of student they are.  That is why the coach will be required to have a mandatory study hall, and must provide tutors to the athletes.  This will also be written into their contracts.

If all of these methods are used, I believe that my coaches will start putting more emphasis on academics.