Hunter says he could eventually retire at Georgia State

Georgia State men’s basketball coach Ron Hunter said he could eventually retire at the school after signing a six-year contract late Wednesday that will pay him an annual base salary of $350,000, an increase of $50,000 over his previous five-year deal.

“I love the community of Atlanta and Georgia State,” he said. “I could retire here. People think that’s crazy but when you are happy, that’s all that matters.”

Hunter, a funny guy, then added this:

“Plus, I got the No. 1 paper in the country covering me. Why do I need to go somewhere else?”

Hunter guided the Panthers to a 22-12 record last season, the second-most wins in school history. It was Hunter’s first at the school after spending 17 years at IUPUI, where he won 274 games.

Before his first season at Georgia State was over, because of the success, some worried that Hunter would leave for a more prestigious job in a bigger conference. He declined to say if he was contacted by other universities, saying that when you win people call. He said the contract does include “expensive” buyout clauses for both sides and that it has a lot of incentive clauses because he said a coach should earn what he gets. He wouldn’t release those details. An Open Records Request is pending for a copy of the contract.

Hunter said he doesn’t need to go to a BCS-type conference because he coaches better when he’s the underdog.

“I’m not driven by money, I’m driven by happiness,” he said. “I want to build something special. I won’t say what special is.  I’m working on that right now.”

Hunter gave a glimpse into those goals, sharing that he told the freshmen on the team that he’ll be disappointed if they don’t make it to the NCAA tournament twice in the next four years. The team will open the season at Duke on Nov. 9.

One of those freshmen is his son R.J., a shooting guard who found out about his dad’s contract from someone on the street. Hunter said R.J. immediately asked for an increase in his allowance. Hunter joked that he’s more happy that he can pay for R.J.’s education if he goes with the six-year plan for graduating.

Hunter said he is very excited about the potential of this year’s team, noting that they have been “very, very impressive” in workouts.

“I want to get our program used to playing in postseason play,” he said.

If you want to see how Hunter’s contract compares to other coaches, here’s a link to the USA Today database published earlier this year for teams that made the NCAA tournament.

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30 comments Add your comment


September 6th, 2012
11:46 am

Well deserved, Coach.


September 6th, 2012
11:50 am

I can’t imagine it would break any NCAA rules if he bought his son a nice car with some of it. Just sayin.

Dollar Bill

September 6th, 2012
11:52 am

Cold, hard cash. Gotta love it! Go GSU!!


September 6th, 2012
11:57 am

DEFINATELY well deserved. I suspect half way through his contract he will be recognized as one of the top coaches in the nation. We will be the best team in Georgia by them no matter what!!


September 6th, 2012
12:11 pm

Loan me fi dollas


September 6th, 2012
12:58 pm

Doug, what does, “No. 1 country in the paper” mean?


September 6th, 2012
1:08 pm

It’s nuts to pay coaches this kind of money at this kind of school.


September 6th, 2012
1:14 pm

Doug Roberson – GET AN EDITOR!!!

1) “an increase of $50,00o over” –> an increase of $50,000 over
2) “No. 1 country in the paper” –> No. 1 paper in the country
3) “the second-most in school history” –> the second-most WINS in school history
4) “IUPUI” –> First time you use an acronoym, you write out the words!
5) “into those goals sharing that” –> into those goals, sharing that

You’re supposed to be a professional writer, writing for a “real” paper. Either get an editor or learn to proof yourself!

Say What???

September 6th, 2012
1:22 pm

Increase tuition=increase coaches pay doesn’t sound fair to me. Have any of the professors gotten raises??? oh and @Prof that annoyed me as well…please get an editor especially if someone is giving credit to the “best country in the paper” (best paper in country) LOL


September 6th, 2012
1:24 pm

It’s a lot easier to say money doesn’t matter over happiness when you’re making $350K.
That buys a lot of happiness.


September 6th, 2012
1:24 pm

Prof, I echo your sentiments. What a poorly written story by Mr Roberson. Too bad since it is about a great man, and I am happy for GSU. For shame, Doug Roberson.


September 6th, 2012
1:26 pm

Hope CRH stays happy in ATL & at GSU until his retirement.

Doug Roberson

September 6th, 2012
1:26 pm

I apologize. It’s fixed. Thank you.

Are you kidding?

September 6th, 2012
1:27 pm

Wow, really? No staff have had raises at GSU in over 5 years, and with the student increases some people’s work load has tripled with no relief. Plus there are going to be large budget cuts this year and next. Hope he’s worth the money.


September 6th, 2012
1:29 pm

Yeah, the not writing out acronyms thing really ruins this post. In a related rant, I have no idea what people are talking about when they refer to UCLA, UNLV, NCAA, NFL, or SCUBA.

As for real thoughts, man I’m glad to see this news!


September 6th, 2012
1:32 pm

Maybe that explains why GSU human resources is trying to demote as many of the lower levels of employees at the university!

Doug Roberson

September 6th, 2012
1:51 pm

I do apologize. I posted the blog too quickly. I should have done a better job editing.


September 6th, 2012
2:22 pm

How dare you make a mistake!

Well deserved for Coach Hunter, I hope he hits all those incentives. I also hope some of you Alumni come out and support his team next year. His teams are very fun to watch. They are very well coached and play hard. You know, the exact opposite of our football team.


September 6th, 2012
2:22 pm

Congratulations CRH! Well deserved!

Doug, mistakes happen and you can never be perfect.


September 6th, 2012
3:36 pm

Congrats to Coach Hunter! Awesome news!

Who Cares?

September 6th, 2012
6:07 pm

the same 12 gag state fans….that’s who.

GSU freshman

September 6th, 2012
7:06 pm

I am looking foward to our opening basketball season.

Go Panther!!!

Max Sizemore

September 6th, 2012
7:53 pm

The “No. 1 paper in the country” can’t afford to hire enough copy editors. One big reason is that the internet stuff — like this — produces relatively little revenue.


September 6th, 2012
9:07 pm

Why would Doug need an editor when he’s got you guys? Doug, you’re doing a wonderful job. Just like CRH.


September 6th, 2012
10:59 pm

“I want to build something special. I won’t say what special is. I’m working on that right now.”
I am 100% positive that it is going to be special. He does what he says. Can’t wait to see what it will be?

GSU Alum

September 7th, 2012
8:42 am

Don’t forget the revenue from this summer’s youth basketball camps, where the kids didn’t even get t-shirt.


September 7th, 2012
9:28 am

it’s a waste of time to give those good student a learn of experience in college and yet all you worry about the game to win a game. hunter didnt need all that $$$ I have it when this happpen. That money could go toward something else to support the school. all in all if they lost and they still going to have to pay him if he get fired and it a waste time


September 7th, 2012
11:15 am

Can’t think of any other person that deserves this contract more. Great job, Coach! Keep up the GREAT work!!! Go Panthers!


September 7th, 2012
12:23 pm

My first reaction is this is absurd. But it would be interesting to learn how much Georgia taxpayers pay for the salaries for all college and university coaches and how much money they bring to the system?

Kenny Bouy-Naples

September 7th, 2012
1:27 pm

Dont know this coach but Im gonna follow now…anyway, Bill Curry has been a “stand up” guy his entire life…no military, but a great example for youth…