Before even coaching a game for the Washington State football team, new head coach Nick Rolovich has joined head basketball coach Kyle Smith, Athletic director Pat Chun, and University President Kirk Schulz in taking a 5% salary decrease for the 2020-2021 school year. The decrease is to be used to cover the additional expenses that the school will face due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On top of the salary decrease, all Washington State head coaches will forego their bonuses for the school year. While those are yet to be decided, the 5% decrease will result in an additional $280,000-plus to help cover the estimated $300,000 that the school will face in athletic grant-in-aid costs as well as the 5% projected revenue loss from the Pac-12 conference.
According to Chun in an article by Theo Lawson of the Spokesman Review, “a little less than half” of the current seniors have expressed interest in coming back for the additional year that they were granted by the NCAA. There are currently 44 seniors between baseball, men’s and women’s golf, tennis, rowing, and men’s and women’s track and field.
The school also announced that season ticket prices and student sports passes will be frozen to help cut expenses.
While these cost saving plans will not cover the entirety of what the school is expecting, it will put them in a better place down the road once the final numbers are set in place. “We just need to know wherever that target lands, we need to be in striking distance to it.” said Chun in that same article by Lawson.
Washington State is not the first school to do this with their head coaches, Eastern Washington, Iowa State, and Louisville among others have decided to take this extra step to help their school financially.
To help compensate for lost NCAA distribution and added expenditures caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, Washington State announced multiple “cost containment” measures Monday, including temporary pay reductions for multiple coaches and school administrators.
On behalf of Cougar Athletics, we thank you for all you are doing to flatten the curve, practicing social distancing and doing our civic duty to get our state and country in a healthier place. It’s encouraging to see Cougs all over the world respond to the daily challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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