The University of Arizona has submitted a plan to the Arizona Board of Regents to keep its basketball, football and athletic director together for the next eight years, and the school has already locked the trio into contracts through the next six.
The most interesting nugget came in one specific buyout clause regarding Rodriguez and his former school, West Virginia.
Hmm. Rich Rodriguez's extended contract has a buyout that doubles if he leaves Arizona for WVU after this season. pic.twitter.com/RFRe5um6KC— Mike Casazza (@mikecasazza) May 28, 2014
The details of the extensions via the Arizona Republic's Doug Haller:
-- Miller's current deal expires April 30, 2018. Under terms of the new agreement, the basketball coach's annual base salary would increase $100,000 to $1.6 million on June 1, 2018.
-- Rodriguez's current deal expires Nov. 30, 2017. The proposed extension would increase the football coach's annual base salary of $1.33 million to $1.5 million. The salary then would increase $100,000 every June 1 through 2018, when it would reach $1.9 million. Rodriguez also earns $495,000 annually for peripheral duties such as radio and TV appearances. Under the proposed deal, that sum would increase to $500,000.
-- Byrne's current deal expires Sept. 29, 2016. The proposed extension would increase his base annual salary of $500,000 to $625,000. The salary then would increase $25,000 each June 1 through 2018, when it would reach $725,000.
Haller also breaks down a Master Limited Partnership offer from the benefactor that will help to pay for the extensions for the eight-year plan, and ABOR will vote on the proposed extensions on June 6.