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Pac-12 coaches, administrators take pay cuts because of coronavirus pandemic

Oregon Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal huddles with players during the game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.
Oregon Ducks head football coach Mario Cristobal huddles with players at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Cristobal is one of a growing number of Pac-12 coaches to take a pay cut in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — A number of Pac-12 head coaches and administrators, including commissioner Larry Scott and several athletic directors, are among the growing list of college sports personnel whose bank accounts will take a hit because of the coronavirus-caused sports lockdown.

Scott will receive a 20% pay cut from his reported salary of $5-plus million and his executive staff will take 10% income reductions through June, The Mercury News wrote last month.

Along with that, the Oregon athletic department will see 10% voluntary pay cuts by their athletic director and all of the program’s head coaches for the 2020-21 academic year, the university announced this week.

Elsewhere in the Pac-12, Colorado’s coaching staffs will take a 10% pay cut, while the Washington State football coach (Nick Rolovich), men’s basketball coach (Kyle Smith) and athletic director (Pat Chun) reportedly volunteered to receive 5% less income.

In addition, USC athletic director Mike Bohn, football coach Clay Helton and men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield will return $1 million in combined compensation to the program, according to CBSSports.com

None of the Utah-based college sports programs have announced pay cuts, but there is an increasing number of schools who are taking cost-cutting measures. As noted on NBCSports.com, that list includes the aforementioned Pac-12 schools, Boise State, which has temporarily furloughed its coaching staff, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Rutgers, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky and Wyoming.

“We appreciate the leadership role taken on by our head coaches as we deal with this unprecedented crisis,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement. “This speaks to the selfless nature of our Oregon coaching staff and their desire to help us navigate the current challenges and those on the horizon.

“Our goal is to accelerate from this situation well-positioned to continue to achieve our goals of broad-based excellence and of providing an exceptional student-athlete experience, and we are thankful to our head coaches for their collective and consistent actions in supporting our mission.”