Bonus time: Attendance helps boost Stoops’ salaryby Anthony Gimino on Oct. 07, 2010, under Sports
Coach Mike Stoops leads the Arizona Wildcats to wins, the fans show up at Arizona Stadium … and then Stoops wins again.
The program’s surge, which began late in the 2007 season — the Cats are 23-11 since winning at Washington on Oct. 27 of the year — is producing record home attendance.
The athletic department on Thursday announced a sellout for Saturday’s game against Oregon State. Arizona also had a sellout crowd of 57,864 for the Iowa game last month.
Arizona is averaging 54,861 fans through three home games, and games against Washington, USC and Arizona State could certainly follow as sellouts. The Arizona record for average attendance (56,692) came in 1994.
Clearly, the Wildcats will average more than 50,000 fans this season, which kicks in one of several bonuses in Stoops’ contract. For a year in which Arizona averages 50,000-plus in home paid attendance, Stoops gets $60,000.
As of now, with the Wildcats sitting at 4-0 and ranked ninth in the country, all things are possible, so let’s check out the bonus possibilities for Stoops:
- Playing in the national title game: $150,000
- Final BCS ranking between 1 and 10: $50,000
- A 12-0 season: $90,000
- Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors: $30,000
- National Coach of the Year honors: $50,000
Stoops’ base salary for his contract year (which begins July 1) is $600,000, plus $500,000 for “peripheral and related” duties.