Despite Texas Tech faculty members being told to take a pay freeze in 2011 and Tech facing an 8% reduction in state funding which translates to millions of dollars, the university was able to find some extra coin for their beloved football coach.
While Tuberville is slated to make at least $2 million per year (with a new 5 year, $11 million contractual guarantee), the university thought it best to deny the $3 million in faculty pay raises for 2011.
Texas Tech president Guy Bailey stated that the raise was a result of a promise made to Tuberville last year when he was hired at “less than market value.” “I’m sympathetic,” he said. “I’d love to be giving pay raises right now more generally.”
The faculty of Texas Tech have long despaired about the possibility of any pay raise in the forthcoming years and are angered that Tuberville was awarded a significant raise during these financial times.
Though athletic and faculty budgets are theoretically separate, the move by Tech is only feeding the academic v. athletic debate for universities across the nation.
This post originally appeared at TheMatadorSports.
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