MHERST - New University of Massachusetts men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg has a slightly higher base salary than his predecessor, but it would cost him a lot more if he decides to leave as quickly as Travis Ford departed.
Kellogg, 35, signed a six-year contract when he was hired in April which calls for a base salary of $215,000 this year. That is $15,000 more than Ford's base pay before he left for Oklahoma State in April.
Kellogg is guaranteed at least $450,000 during his first season because he also will be paid $235,000 for his television and radio show appearances as well as speaking engagements on behalf of UMass. The media and appearance fee total will increase by $25,000 during each year of the contract.
Ford's contract required him to pay UMass $200,000 for departing before the completion of the extension he signed after the 2006-07 season. Oklahoma State paid his buyout.
If Kellogg chooses to depart before completing four years on April 23, 2012, he would owe UMass $500,000. That penalty drops to $400,000 if Kellogg leaves before finishing five years, and to $300,000 if he departs with one year left on the contract.
There are also performance and attendance incentives in his contract that would boost Kellogg's pay. For every season that the Minutemen's ticket revenue exceeds $700,000, Kellogg would earn 25 percent of the amount above that figure.
Kellogg also would earn $25,000 for each round of the NCAA Tournament in which UMass plays, or $5,000 per round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Other perks for Kellogg included moving expenses from Memphis and 16 season tickets.
Kellogg also keeps all but 3 percent of the revenue from any camps or clinics he conducts.
Should UMass fire Kellogg, he would be paid only the base salary for the time remaining on his contract.
Kellogg played at UMass from 1992 to 1995 under coach John Calipari. Kellogg returned to the Minutemen in his first head coaching job after serving for eight years as an assistant to Calipari at Memphis.
Ford's seven-year contract at Oklahoma State calls for a base salary of $252,400 his first season. Various provisions make his deal worth about $9.1 million over the seven years.
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