Mackovic, 57, came to UA from a position as college football analyst for ESPN's national cable system in early December following the Nov. 24 resignation of former UA coach Dick Tomey, the school's coach for the past 14 seasons.
It's great to have John Mackovic as our football coach, and this makes it official, said Jim Livengood, UA director of athletics. Based on his time on the job so far, he's been outstanding in working to help us have a better football program.
It was the easiest negotiations for a contract that I've ever experienced, Mackovic said. Jim Livengood and UA President Peter Likins were right up front with everything they expected, and there were virtually no disagreements about any of the terms, he said.
The contract stipulates a $200,000 annual base salary with related compensation of $600,000 per annum as consideration for substantial public relations and financial benefits the University will derive. This includes such activities as radio and television programs, speaking engagements, public appearances and sponsorship and advertisement programs in which Mackovic participates.
Additionally, the contract includes incentive clauses for outstanding academic proficiency by football student-athletes, such as a $25,000 payment should the football team's combined grade point average be 2.7 or higher or the graduation rate of football players reach 75 percent or above. (Last year the team's graduation rate rated in the nation's top 10 at 65 percent.) The GPA clause varies for lower levels of proficiency, to a $5,000 bonus should it be 2.3 or higher, or the graduation rate exceed 55 percent.
Should the football team reach a Bowl Championship Series bowl Rose, Fiesta, Sugar or Orange Bowls Mackovic will receive an additional bonus of $50,000, and if the Wildcats reach a bowl game he would receive a $25,000 payment. The contract also calls for compensation of $100,000 if the Wildcats are selected as national champion in either the final Associated Press or ESPN/USA Today polls.
Because Mackovic's contract is a multi-year appointment of a head coach or athletics director, under policy it stands as a one-year contract until the Board of Regents' approval this month.