CHICAGO -- University of Illinois men's basketball coach Bruce
Weber's contract was extended for the third straight year, boosting
his total compensation to $1 million per year, the university's
board of trustees decided Thursday.
The contract runs through the 2011-12 season and calls for
increasing his pay for radio, television and other promotional
appearances from $500,000 to $600,000 per year.
Weber's record in three seasons at Illinois is 89-16, including
a 26-7 record last season. The Illini finished second in the Big
Ten and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament last
season, one year after losing to North Carolina in the national
Weber receives a base salary of $200,000 per year, plus the
radio-TV income for a total next season of $800,000. The school
also pays $200,000 per year to a deferred compensation account that
Weber will receive if he is still coach at the end of the 2010-11
season, according to his contract.
Several trustees praised Weber for his commitment to Illinois
and his disinclination to "shop around." They noted that several
coaches in comparable programs are paid more despite having less
Weber coached Southern Illinois for five seasons, compiling a
103-54 record and leading the Salukis to two NCAA tournaments,
before taking the Illinois job when Bill Self left for Kansas.
Weber was an assistant to Gene Keady at Purdue for 18 seasons.