UT athletic directors sign first contracts
Published: Tue Jul 07, 1998 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:34 p.m.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
The University of Tennessee has signed two-year contracts with the
UT-Knoxville athletic directors which include a provision for extensions
of an additional six months.
The contracts with Doug Dickey and Joan Cronan run through June 30,
2000, UT President Joe Johnson said Monday.
Salaries for Dickey and Cronan remain at their current levels and will
be reviewed annually as they have been in the past, Johnson said. The contracts
are the first for UT athletics directors.
"Most major universities have contracts with their athletics directors,"
Johnson said. "We are following what other institutions are doing.
We are fortunate to have in Joan and Doug, two of the finest athletics
directors in the country."
Dickey has a $136,192 base salary, $50,000 additional compensation
for promotion and marketing services, and a $10,000 expense allowance.
Cronan's current salary is $95,392, plus a $2,500 expense account.
Should UT elect to "buy out" either contract, the university
would pay only the annual salary multiplied by the number of years remaining
in the agreement.
The documents set forth the duties and responsibilities of the athletics
directors. Among those are complying with all UT, Southeastern Conference
and NCAA rules; providing academic counseling to student athletes; generating
fan interest and private gifts; and serving as official spokespersons for
their respective departments.