On Monday, the University of Kansas announced that athletic leaders will take a pay cut to help the athletic department deal with revenue issues in the wake of COVID-19.
Basketball Coach Bill Self, Football Coach Les Miles and Athletic Director Jeff Long all agreed to a 10% salary reduction.
Bill Self said in a statement, “KU has been home to us for 17 years, and been very good to our family. During our tenure, we’ve had our ups and downs, but these turbulent times are unprecedented and the immediate future is unknown. I, like others, will be returning 10 percent of my salary to help bridge the financial gap in our athletic department. These times are serious, but temporary, and it’s everyone’s hope that we can return to a safe and prosperous time soon. I have no doubt that Allen Fieldhouse is going to be the loudest it’s ever been when we all get together again, and I can’t wait. Let’s all stay positive. Rock Chalk.”
The pay cuts are expected to last for six months and will begin on May 1, which will ultimately save KU Athletics $500,000 over the next six months.
Meantime, Les Miles added, “My family and I so enjoy being a part of KU, our athletic community and Lawrence. This is a great place and I enjoy giving to this University. Returning 10 percent of my salary is something we wanted to do to help a place we’ve quickly grown to love. We are all going through this pandemic together and I believe that our country will come through this stronger.”
As for Jeff Long, he said that it’s about positioning the athletic department to come out of this as a healthy department, “We will continue taking steps to position our athletics department for a successful future. I am proud to be a Kansas Jayhawk and represent this prestigious university.”
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