Quite the dick move by Northern Illinois, making an unprecedented trip to a BCS bowl:
Dave Doeren, who took the NC State job shortly after winning the MAC title and one day before the Northern Illinois Huskies landed an Orange Bowl berth, forfeited his $100,000 BCS bonus because he’s not coaching the game, according to NIU spokesman Donna Turner.
NC State is increasing Doeren’s salary from $420,000 in 2012 to $1.8 million in 2013, but Doeren won’t get a bonus for leading NIU to an 12-1 record and spearheading the MAC’s first appearance in the BCS.
By pocketing the hundred large and getting a cool $750,000 from NC State, NIU’s managed to turn a small profit off Doeren’s last two years under contract. Nicely played, gentlemen. (Western Kentucky is taking notes.) Plus, technically, you can tell yourselves that you didn’t need ol’ Dave to get to that BCS game anyway. That’ll show him!
Meanwhile, instead of following the traditional route of allowing an assistant coach to handle the bowl game coaching responsibilities when the head coach leaves for another gig, Barry Alvarez has decided to haul his ass out of the AD’s office and coach Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Before you chalk that decision up to ego or spite, you might want to look at a more mundane reason, like needing to add a room to his house. Because Barry’s getting paid, dammit.
Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez will earn $118,500 for returning to the sidelines to coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl and a win against Stanford will mean a $50,000 bonus.
The executive committee of the university Board of Regents on Tuesday agreed to the terms following the surprise departure last week of head coach Bret Bielema to take the same job at Arkansas.
Alvarez was Wisconsin’s coach from 1990 through 2005, a time when he won three Rose Bowl titles. The money for the coaching job will come out of Bielema’s $1 million buyout to be paid by Arkansas.
Using the buyout money to cover that is an especially nice touch. And I can’t help but be impressed by the committee’s rationale for the payment.
“Coach Alvarez has a one-of-a-kind skill set that the university needs to be successful — both in the Rose Bowl and in attracting the best coaching candidates in the search for someone to lead the Badgers’ football program going forward,” Ward said.
Yes, indeedy. Because nothing says “welcome, coaching candidates!” like paying the guy who wouldn’t give the head coach who just left enough compensation for his assistant coaches over a hundred grand to coach in a meaningless bowl game.