July 3, 2004
There’s a segment of the Arizona State fandom so bitterly frustrated about the Sun Devils’ performances in the major sports this past academic term they’d like to clean house.
Today, as a public service, the Tribune is providing this group the cold, hard facts of just how much that would cost.
Let’s say football and basketball have losing seasons, and baseball doesn’t qualify for the College World Series, the same results as last season.
Football coach Dirk Koetter has three years remaining on his contract after the ‘04 campaign, as does athletic director Gene Smith.
Basketball coach Rob Evans will have two years left. Baseball coach Pat Murphy will be down to a single season.
Based on salaries from the previous fiscal year, it would cost ASU $2.3 million to dismiss Koetter, $1.22 million to dismiss Evans, $870,000 to dismiss Smith, and $220,000 to dismiss Murphy.
That adds up to $4.61 million
And, of course, that doesn’t include the price tag for replacing them and their assistants.
Talk is cheap.
Firing people isn’t.
With a strong showing in women’s sports, the Pac-10 led all conferences with 11 NCAA championships.
The women accounted for eight of them, which means the other conferences have spent enough money and found determined coaches with the wherewithal to negate the advantages the Pac-10 enjoys because of that gold mine of diverse athletic talent that grows in California.
The 11 championships are the most for the Pac-10 since 1997-98.
Stanford again won the allsports trophy.
UCLA (third), Washington (eighth) and California (ninth) finished in the top 10.
Arizona was 12th, ASU 17th and USC 21st.
USC and UCLA won four national championships, Stanford won three and Cal won two. Football (USC) and rugby (Cal) don’t count in the NCAA totals.
Seven of the 22 players on the USA national team this summer are from the Pac-10.
Stanford had pitcher Mark Romanczuk, first baseman John Mayberry Jr., and infielder Jed Lowrie selected.
USC is represented by pitcher Ian Kennedy and catcher Jeff Clement.
ASU’s Travis Buck and Arizona’s Trevor Crowe also made the team.
• "He is great for us because his goal is to be nationally competitive every year, he is an outstanding recruiter and teacher, and he is familiar with the UC system."
UCLA associate athletic director Ken Weiner, who oversees baseball, on the hiring of UC Irvine’s John Savage as baseball coach. UCLA is billing Savage as "perhaps the finest developer of pitchers in college baseball."
• To the victors goes the cash. Every conference shares TV revenue, but the Pac-10 doesn’t have the socialism of equal shares. According to Pac-10 publicist Jim Muldoon of the $34 million the league distributed, shares ranged from about $2.6 million to $5.2 million. Co-national champion USC, of course, got the $5.2 million. The Trojans will be all over the airwaves this season, too.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Sons of former Arizona star baseball players won’t be attending UA. Terry Francona’s son Nick will be pitching at Penn next spring and Brad Mills’ son Beau is going to Fresno State. Both players were drafted by the Boston Red Sox.
• ABC will be televising Washington State’s football game against Colorado in Seattle.