GoVolsXtra is citing a source close to the program that Tennessee Volunteer head basketball coach and national-coach-of-the-year candidate Bruce Pearl will be given something close to a sixty percent increase in compensation. His contract would be worth between $1.3 and $1.5 million annually. He makes $800,000 a year now.
John Pennington thinks Pearl’s worth it because he’s a “marketing dynamo” that has brought more national attention to Tennessee basketball than any other coach in history (I’m guessing he’s limiting this comment to men’s basketball), and because he’s both won this year and recruited well for next.
Agreed. It’s all about return on investment, and if he can consistently fill the cavernous Thompson-Boling arena, the fat paycheck should be a good investment.
UPDATE: The official word turned out to be $1.1 million for the 2006-2007 season and a two-year contract extension. Over the life of the six-year contract, Pearl’s compensation will average $1.3 million.