Purdue coaches take voluntary pay cuts, ranging from 15% to 20%
Coaches and senior administrators will pledge $1 million to the More Than A Game Campaign on Purdue Day of Giving on Sept. 9
WEST LAFAYETTE - Three Purdue head coaches, along with athletic director Mike Bobinski, have voluntarily taken a 20% reduction in salary, the school announced Tuesday.
Jeff Brohm (football), Matt Painter (men's basketball), Sharon Versyp (women's basketball) along with Bobinski have agreed to forego any incentive compensation during a 12-month period starting Sept. 1. The four individuals are the highest-paid employees in the athletic department.
The salary reductions come at a time when the athletic department is facing a $50 million shortfall after the 2020 Big Ten football season was postponed by the conference earlier this month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Brohm, Painter, Versyp and Bobinski along with other coaches and senior administrators, have announced their intent to pledge $1 million to the More Than A Game Campaign on Purdue Day of Giving on Sept. 9.
The school said other contract head and assistant coaches have each voluntarily agreed to 15% salary reductions and all other Purdue Athletics staff will be impacted by either reductions in force, furloughs, reduced work schedules or salary reductions ranging from 5% up to 50% based upon a combination of pay range and the projected individual workload impact during the 2020-21 academic year.
“As we face unprecedented medical and financial uncertainty, we’ve been focused on strategies to limit the impact on the support we provide our student-athletes, and that best protect the long term interests of coaches and staff,” Bobinski said in a statement. “Our current reality required that some uncomfortable and difficult decisions be made and I’m grateful for the understanding and resilience shown by our entire team of coaches and staff.”
The More Than A Game campaign was launched earlier this month, in partnership with the John Purdue Club, to help the department navigate the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These salary adjustments, along with other personnel measures we’ve taken, such as limited reductions in force and an extended hold on certain unfilled positions, will result in savings of nearly $5 million dollars over the next 12 months,” Bobinski added in the school's press release.
According to the latest college finances database published by USA Today, Purdue is one of 15 athletic departments that doesn't receive outside financial assistance. It is self-sustaining and doesn't receive taxpayer dollars, general fund support from the university or student fees.
Across the Big Ten, each athletic department is dealing with the lack of football revenue in different ways. Iowa has eliminated four sports - men's gymnastics, men's tennis and men's and women's swimming - becoming the first conference school to take this measure. The top 25 salaried employees in the Wisconsin athletic department are taking a 15% pay cut.
Michigan State announced in July temporary pay cuts for any staff member earning $100,000 or more. Athletic director Bill Beekman has reduced his salary by 10% and men's basketball coach Tom Izzo and football coach Mel Tucker will each take a 7% pay cut.
Mike Carmin covers Purdue sports for the Journal & Courier. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow on Twitter @carmin_jc