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Georgia Basketball

Expectations, Requirements Set for Crean/UGA

July 18, 2018

ATHENS - Tom Crean could earn upwards of $450,000 a season according to a memorandum of understanding obtained by Dawg Post through a Freedom of Information request. 

With a national title, UGA would pay Crean an additional $250,000; a Final Four would get Crean $125,000. He can achieve the $450,000 bonus mark by winning the SEC, being named coach of the year or other itemized goals set forth in the document. 

Crean, who signed the memorandum of understanding along with UGA AD Greg McGarity and UGA president Jere Morehead on March 15, also has an assistant coach salary pool “of at least $800,000 and not to exceed $900,000 without approval of the Athletic Director” for three assistant coaches. 

If Crean were to leave to coach another NCAA basketball school he (or the school he leaves for) would owe UGA:

After 2018-19: $8,000,000
After 2019-20: $4,800,000
After 2020-21: $3,600,000
After 2021-22: $1,600,000
After 2022-23: $800,000


If Crean were terminated without cause by UGA, the institution would owe him:

After 2018-19: $16,000,000
After 2019-20: $9,600,000
After 2020-21: $7,200,000
After 2021-22: $3,200,000
After 2022-23: $1,600,000

The memorandum of understanding states:

That Crean make no fewer than ten (10) unpaid appearances at Bulldogs Clubs or other fundraiser events for the athletic department or UGA per academic year

Crean “shall be available for up to three (3) personal appearances on behalf of” Nike. 

According to the memorandum of understanding Crean will also get:

A $1,800 stipend per month “to directly lease of purchase up to two cars”

Moving expenses; 60 days’ temporary housing; employee and spouse travel plus four nights lodging for “house hunting”; and up to 60 days storage. 

One membership to the Athens Country Club. UGA’s athletic association will pay the monthly fees. 

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