Weber's new deal at Illinois runs through 2012
CHICAGO -- University of Illinois men's basketball coach Bruce Weber's contract was extended for the third straight year, boosting his total compensation to $1 million per year, the university's board of trustees decided Thursday.
The contract runs through the 2011-12 season and calls for increasing his pay for radio, television and other promotional appearances from $500,000 to $600,000 per year.
Weber's record in three seasons at Illinois is 89-16, including a 26-7 record last season. The Illini finished second in the Big Ten and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, one year after losing to North Carolina in the national championship game.
Weber receives a base salary of $200,000 per year, plus the radio-TV income for a total next season of $800,000. The school also pays $200,000 per year to a deferred compensation account that Weber will receive if he is still coach at the end of the 2010-11 season, according to his contract.
Several trustees praised Weber for his commitment to Illinois and his disinclination to "shop around." They noted that several coaches in comparable programs are paid more despite having less successful records.
Weber coached Southern Illinois for five seasons, compiling a 103-54 record and leading the Salukis to two NCAA tournaments, before taking the Illinois job when Bill Self left for Kansas. Weber was an assistant to Gene Keady at Purdue for 18 seasons.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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