For a first-time college coach, Alabama Crimson Tide head men’s basketball coach Avery Johnson sure is making a lot of money. According to Rob Dauster of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk, Johnson’s six-year contract is worth $16.8 million.
That’s certainly a lot of money for someone who has coached in the NBA, but not in the smaller college rankings. But of course, there are also incentives. If Johnson were to win an SEC tournament or regular season crown, he’d get $50,000. If the Tide make the big dance in his first two seasons, that’s another 50 grand. If the team makes the Final Four, Johnson gets $100,000 and another $50,000 if he wins there.
And then there’s Johnson’s buyout clause, which is worth $3.5 million after the first season and $2.75 million after the second. It drops to $2 million in the third, and drops by half a million every season after that.
Needless to say, Johnson is in a position to make a lot of money if he succeeds in Tuscaloosa.
Prior to joining Alabama, Johnson had coached the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets and accumulated a record of 254-186. He will now take on the task of resurrecting an Alabama team that has not made the big dance since 2012, nor made significant progress in it since making the Elite Eight under Mark Gottfried back in 2004.
Hopefully, with his hefty price tag, Johnson can be the man to bring ‘Bama’s basketball team back into the spotlight.
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