2015-16 Countdown

Arizona Wildcats hoops countdown: We’re at Day No. 49 and counting


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Greg Byrne congratulates Sean Miller on career win No. 200 three years ago (YouTube video capture)

Greg Byrne congratulates Sean Miller on career win No. 200 three years ago (YouTube video capture)

Arizona and the state’s Board of Regents is doing its part to make Sean Miller happy.

Miller and athletic director Greg Byrne received one-year contract extensions and accelerated retention plans on Thursday by approval of the Board of Regents.

Miller and Byrne will receive an added year of 2019-2020 to their contracts. Their booster-funded retention plans will be payable if they stay until 2020 instead of 2022.

According to a report in The Arizona Daily Star, with a $100,000 raise in 2019-20, Miller will be scheduled to receive a total guaranteed package of $2.8 million that season, including $1.7 million in base salary, plus $700,000 from Arizona for peripheral duties and another $400,000 total from IMG.

Byrne, whose name has been mentioned by the media for the Texas AD vacancy, will receive an extra $25,000 in 2019-20 that will bring his salary to $750,000.

In the booster-funded retention plan, Miller and football coach Rich Rodriguez each have stock set aside that is currently valued at $4.1 million, and they can now collect it fully by 2020. Byrne’s plan has stock valued currently at $2.3 million.

Rodriguez received a contract extension through 2019-20 in a Board of Regents vote in June. His retention plan is also payable in 2020.

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