Illini basketball coach John Groce would get a $100,000 raise and a one-year contract extension under a plan presented to UI trustees Thursday.
A proposed amendment to Groce’s contract would keep his base salary at $400,000 annually but boost his other compensation from media and marketing contracts to $1.3 million. His overall pay would rise to $1.7 million, plus incentives.
If approved, the amendment would also extend his contract through the 2018-19 basketball season.
Athletic Director Mike Thomas said Groce's salary is below the Big Ten average. He said players are showing strong academic progress, Groce's teams had back-to-back 20-win seasons including a road win against Michigan State and win against Missouri in St. Louis. He also cited Groce's strong recruiting classes and his help in raising money for the renovations at the State Farm Center.
Groce's current contract runs through April 2018 and pays him a total of $1.6 million annually, plus incentives.
The UI Board of Trustees’ Governance, Personnel and Ethics Committee reviewed the amendment Thursday. The full board will vote on it at its regular meeting July 24 in Chicago.
Groce was hired in 2012 under a five-year agreement that paid him $400,000 annually plus $1 million for media and marketing activities.
A year ago Groce received a $200,000 raise, and a $25,000 bonus, after his first Illini team made the 2013 NCAA tournament.
His second Illinois team failed to reach the tournament, with the Illini losing in the second round of the NIT.
Groce gets incentive payments of $25,000 to $250,000 each year for meeting specific goals, such as a Big Ten tournament title or NCAA tournament appearance.
Groce’s base salary is paid with athletic department income. The additional compensation comes from Nike and other media and marketing contracts.
He also receives deferred compensation of $100,000 a year, or $500,000 total, for staying five years.