A big year from Iowa's football and basketball teams has led to a big raise for athletic director Gary Barta from his new boss.
Iowa President Bruce Harreld and Barta reached a five-year contract extension last month. It guarantees Barta $4.6 million in compensation through June 30, 2021.
The deal increases Barta's base salary from $400,000 to $550,000 in July and nearly doubles his annual deferred compensation to $250,000. Both amounts will then jump by $50,000 in 2018.
Barta will remain eligible for up to $110,000 in annual bonuses for academic and athletic achievements spelled out in his earlier contract. But the new deal adds an additional $40,000 in potential bonuses based on whether he meets yearly goals established by Harreld.
"Extending [Barta's] contract was the right thing to do. He and the entire athletics department are committed to the success of our student-athletes both on the field of play and in the classroom," Harreld said, also noting that Barta's new compensation reflects the current marketplace in the Big Ten and nationally.
Illinois hires former football player as AD
Illinois confirmed reports that former Illini football player Josh Whitman is the school's new athletic director.
The 37-year-old Whitman moves from the same job at Division III Washington University in St. Louis. He inherits a long list of problems at Illinois, from allegations that a now-former football coach interfered with player medical decisions to a lawsuit over the treatment of women's basketball players.
Whitman was a starting tight end on Illinois football teams from 1997-2000 and worked for several years in the department he will now run.
Before moving to Washington University, he served as AD at another Division III school, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Browns to honor Brown
The greatest Cleveland Brown of them all is being immortalized.
Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, one of the most dominant players in NFL history who left the game at the prime of his career, will be honored with a statue outside FirstEnergy Stadium.
The sculpture of Brown will be unveiled later this year.
Pacquiao's comments cost him
Manny Pacquiao's comments disparaging gays have cost him his contract with apparel giant Nike.
The company issued a release saying it has dropped the Filipino boxer after he was quoted as saying gay people "are worse than animals."
Nike called Pacquiao's comments "abhorrent" and said the company strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has long stood up for the fights of gays.
AROUND THE HORN
College football: Clemson receiver Germone Hopper will transfer and play his final college season elsewhere. Hopper, who will graduate this spring, started three games this past season, catching 21 passes for 317 yards and a touchdown.
Tennis: Defending champion and top-seeded Simona Halep was ousted by Ana Ivanovic 7-6 (2), 6-2 at the Dubai Tennis Championships.
Swimming: Dutch swimmer Inge Dekker, who won gold, silver and bronze medals in the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay at the past three Olympic Games, has been diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Soccer: Manchester United's Wayne Rooney sustained a knee injury and there is no time frame for the England striker's return.
Baseball: The Royals are installing additional netting at Kauffman Stadium that extends toward the outfield end of each team's dugout to improve the safety for fans sitting along the foul lines.