The Morning Stake | 2020.04.02

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In a really surprising move, as detailed by Des Moines Register’s Randy Peterson, how the Iowa State coaches will accept reduced pay to help Iowa State through the current situation, and will save Iowa State $4 million:

The other actions Pollard announced on the school’s athletics department web site Wednesday are:

* A one-year suspension of all bonus incentives for all coaches; Iowa State says this is expected to save the department $1 million.
* Delaying (from January 2021 to January 2022) a previously announced increase in Cyclone Club annual giving levels. The delay, according to Pollard, will save donors approximately $2.5 million for required seating donations.
* A freeze on season tickets and individual game ticket prices for all sports.
* An extension to the deadline for this year’s Cyclone Club donations, and football season ticket renewals to May 29, 2020.
* Providing multiple payment options for season tickets and donations. Those required payments can be made monthly, quarterly or semi-annually, according to the release.

“These actions will help us address the $5 million shortfall that we face with the cancellation of the NCAA and Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournaments,” Pollard wrote. “We can now turn our attention to solving many other issues in the coming months.

So this is pretty drastic and probably something that lots of AD’s have had discussions about, but are probably putting off until a decision has to be made. This largely sounds like holding up on bonuses, not actual salary, but I haven’t dived into the details. This is an uncomfortable situation to ask coaches to do, but Kliff Kingsbury was owed $3.9 million this year and $4.1 million next football year (or 2020). I’m not advocating Texas Tech not paying Kingsbury but what if Kingsbury volunteered to forgo his Texas Tech salary since he’s making a salary for Arizona? That would save Texas Tech money in one fail swoop. And coaches forgoing bonuses would seem like a pretty easy thing to give up, but coaches would have to willingly do this and that’s a lot of contracts that have to be amended so even if Texas Tech did this, that takes time logistically.

You know how you have a successful program? You have graduate assistants (specifically we’re talking about Joey Kuhl) being scooped up by Rick Pitino, the new head coach at Iona to be the new Director of Basketball Operations.

That’s kind of insane and don’t forget that Pitino visited Texas Tech and my guess would be that Beard and Pitino are close, that Pitino was looking for someone that was ready to step up and be more responsible and Kuhl was a recipient of Beard’s admiration.

Well this is ridiculously cute and that’s one fantastic ranch.

The guy in the middle? That’s defensive lineman Tony Bradford, Jr. and he’s working security for the Chancellor. I had no idea this was even possible, but that’s awesome.

I’ve told you all way too often that that I like to run and this was a fun 15 minute video that focuses on Bernd Heinrich. First of all, Bernd Heinrich has his own Wikipedia page and he’s not just a runner. He has multiple degrees in comparative physiology and behavior of insects, with degrees from Maine and UCLA. And he’s a ridiculously talented runner and is in the American Ultrarunning Association Hall of Fame, which I didn’t even know was a thing. What a talented human that’s getting the most of what he has.

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