Spivery will make almost $40K more a year

5/18/2005 - Southern Jaguars

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Southern University's new head basketball coach, Rob Spivery, has been given a five-year contract
paying him $125,000 a year.

That's a substantial jump from the package worth $88,000 per year the school paid previous coach Michael Grant, who was fired last month then allowed to resign as part of a settlement this month two years into a three-year deal.

Spivery is Southern's fourth coach in the last six seasons. The team has had five straight losing seasons.

"Major, major commitment. Major commitment," Southern
Chancellor Edward Jackson said. "I know it's going to work."

Spivery has made more than $100,000 per year at Alabama State
where he coached for nine seasons before joining Southern on May 5.

Spivery is Southern's second highest-paid coach. Southern
football coach Pete Richardson, who will begin his 13th season in
the fall, signed a three-year deal in December paying him $200,000
per year.

"I was pleased with the commitment they have made to me and the
program," Spivery said. "That was a big reason I accepted the job
at Southern."

Spivery's contract also carries a one-year option, at the
university's discretion, for what would be a sixth year. He also
will receive bonuses for winning the SWAC title and advancing in
the NCAA tournament. Other bonuses are based on attendance.