The recent legislative audit on overtime pay -- which showed Marshall football coach John "Doc" Holliday received $425,000 in supplemental pay (on a $182,070 base salary); basketball coach Tom Herrion got a $160,300 supplement (on top of a $260,755 base salary) and President Stephen Kopp received a $65,000 supplement on a $390,000 base salary -- evidently caught the attention of faculty there.
For one, it didn't sit well with MU biology professor James Joy, who points out that the College of Science is having to cut summer school class offerings because of a $13,000 budget shortfall in the department.
"How can we deny students access to classes because of a projected shortfall for this summer of $13,000 and yet provide supplements to the salaries of three university officials to the tune of $675,000?" he asked.
Marshall chief of staff Matt Turner said the coaches' supplemental pay is primarily from private sources, mainly from IMG (for coaches' shows and TV and radio appearances), and the Big Green Foundation (for appearances at events such as fundraisers).
Both coaches have incentive bonuses in their contracts that (theoretically) would be paid out of state funds, for bowl appearances or conference championships, Turner said.
Turner said that Marshall, unlike the flagship institution, has opted to route those payments through state payroll for the sake of simplicity and transparency.
Nonetheless, the Faculty Senate are worked up, Joy said, and not entirely convinced that a portion of the supplemental pay is coming out of the MU Foundation.
Speaking of IMG, merits of the complaint aside, it's amusing to watch millionaire John Raese (who is losing a big chunk of the current WVU sports Tier 3 money) fighting to keep millionaire Bray Cary from getting a little chunk of the new Tier 3 contract.
It's interesting to learn, then, that after Raese fired longtime West Virginia Radio Corp. producer-announcer Rick Johnson as an austerity move, Cary hired Johnson as a producer at WOWK-TV 13. (At, we presume, a much lower salary ...)
Finally, House Health and Human Resources Chairman Don Perdue, D-Wayne, was back at the Legislature last week, after being sidelined for the first two weeks of the session following knee surgery.
Though using a cane, Perdue said the surgery was a success. "I'm still leaning to the left," he declared.
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