D1SCOURSE: ACC AD’s Compensation

If you didn’t see VaWolf’s fantastic series on “Financing College Athletics” then you should click here to easily access the articles. Fantastic work that will interest a lot of people.

Along those lines, of the best ACC Bloggers we know, D1SCOURSE, posted a great entry analyzing Debbie Yow’s compensation package at Maryland vs NC State vs the rest of the ACC. The entry has a lot of great information, so we wanted to link it here.

The following comments set the stage for the chart below that is taken from the article.

Some contract clauses are considered add-ons that are virtually assured of being paid. These include supplemental pay (Yow will get $100,000 of that at N.C. State) or radio/TV money.

There’s also the matter of some incidentals that are included in terms of dollars in some deals and not in others. Pretty much every AD gets an auto allowance; some get money, others get a courtesy car that wouldn’t pop up in an analysis like this.

Nonetheless, this chart is a reasonable reflection, based on an examination of the contracts, of what the ACC’s athletic directors are hauling in. Yow’s contracts at both Maryland and N.C. State are included, as is the deal of former N.C. State athletic director Lee Fowler. Some explainers follow (EDIT: There was a little confusion on Radakovich’s supplemental income. His total reflects 2009-10 now, not 2010-11)

D1SCOURSE adds some observations regarding’s Yow’s financial package that I think is worth sharing:

* Yow’s N.C. State max bonus is perhaps the most glaring example of a literal interpretation. In this case, it would take all 23 of the Wolfpack’s varsity sports winning a national title to make that happen.

Here’s a more realistic scenario: N.C. State finishes fourth in the ACC in football, both basketball teams reach the NCAA tournament (but don’t win the ACC), a total of eight teams reach the NCAA tournament and the department meets its APR, graduation rate and Director’s Cup benchmarks. That bonus would come out to $153,000. Clearly, her new deal has a generous bonus package, but it’s not as outlandish as the chart would suggest.

* Yow’s move pretty clearly isn’t about money; the compensation will turn out to be similar. While the cost of living is more tolerable in the Triangle, the extra cash is far from the top of the list of explanations as to why she would switch jobs.

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8 Responses to D1SCOURSE: ACC AD’s Compensation

  1. MP 08/25/2010 at 12:29 PM #

    Ah, we got what we paid for. Let’s hope DY’s contract works out the same way.

  2. VaWolf82 08/25/2010 at 12:36 PM #

    WHEREAS NC STATE desires to employ ATHLETICS DIRECTOR for an additional four (4) years beyond his current contract term, which ends on September 30, 2009, and ATHLETICS DIRECTOR desires to be employed for an additional two (2) years.

    Apparently, Fowler (like most people) wasn’t about to argue with being given more than he wanted. Who could blame him — especially now that he’ll get paid to do nothing for the final two years of his deal?

    Absolutely brilliant move by Oblinger. Thank God that they are both history.

  3. 61Packer 08/25/2010 at 1:04 PM #

    That was a good post, VaWolf82. But I thought Fowler was being paid his full salary to do nothing for THREE years. As a former state worker, had I been fired, I wouldn’t have been paid for 3 more days, let alone 3 more years.

    None of the bonus packages mentioned above are as outlandish as the continuing payouts to a fired NCSU AD. If the public universities were run by people of integrity and not bureaucrats, Lee Fowler would not be on the state payroll for doing absolutely NOTHING. It’s an outrage to think of how much he’s getting while we Wolfpackers struggle just to pay for our football and basketball tickets.

    Recession? Bullshit.

  4. StateFans 08/25/2010 at 3:25 PM #

    We were the laughingstock of all rational thinking people.

  5. RickJ 08/25/2010 at 4:03 PM #

    I am pretty sure I’ve heard that both Ron Wellman & Kevin White both make well over $1,000,000 as AD at Wake & Duke. Have never heard anything about Miami & BC AD’s. It just seems strange to me that private schools would pay that much more for an AD. Does the soccer coach at Wake & Duke make twice as much as the State schools?

  6. StateFans 08/25/2010 at 4:37 PM #

    I remember someone telling me that Fowler once tried to make the point that he was the lowest paid AD in the ACC and so therefore he couldn’t be expected to do better. No kidding. He was trying to say that if he was paid more then he could/would do a better job. GENIUS!

  7. tractor57 08/25/2010 at 6:31 PM #

    If Dr. Yow delivers as promised she deserves the incentives.

    IMO getting rid of Jed was the best move made for Wolfpack athletics in a couple decades. Hiring Dr. Yow could well surpass that.

  8. acencsu 08/26/2010 at 1:05 AM #

    If all 23 varsity sports win the national championship in one year, I’ll gladly give her $398,000.

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