After winning 31 games a season ago and earning a berth to the Sweet 16, UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford was granted a contract extension last week.
Details of the extension were sparse until a report published by Bruins Nation of the SB Nation network was released on Wednesday. While there’s few shocking developments, one interesting tidbit is that Alford will now earn a $25,000 bonus every time UCLA reaches the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.
Joe Piechowski of Bruins Nation argued that this clause doesn’t encourage Alford or UCLA to remain among the very elite college basketball programs.
Instead, what should have been done is that the National Champions and Final Four bonuses should have been raised by $12,500 each, the Elite Eight bonus should have been raised by $15,000 and the APR bonus required should have been raised to 950 and increased by $500. That would have been a better way to incentivize a coach who has still never made it past the Sweet 16.
Among other incentives in Alford’s contract include $25,000 for winning the Pac-12 regular season title, the same amount for an NCAA Tournament selection and $15,000 for winning the Pac-12 Tournament.
Alford’s extension was a one-year extension through the 2020-21 season.
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