Hunter’s new contract rich with incentives … including a national championship bonus

If Georgia State’s men’s basketball team were to have the best season in school history on and off the court, which would include a national championship, coach Ron Hunter could receive more than $1.6 million in compensation in 2013-14. The total would change in subsequent years.

That total is the sum of salary, allowances and bonuses noted in the new contract signed last week. A copy of the contract, which expires April 30, 2018, was obtained by the AJC through an Open Records Request.

Here is a breakdown of that total, with other details from the contract:

$400,000 base salary (the salary increases from $350,ooo to $400,000 on May 1, 2013. After April 30, 2014, a new base salary shall be negotiated for the remaining four years.

$6,000 automobile allowance

$4,000 apparel allowance

$2,000 club membership in Commerce Club

$50,000 Appearance agreement for radio/TV/internet shows

$462,000 in annual salary, allowance and appearance fees

$1,150,000 sum total of maximum allowance bonuses for on-the-court performances. This is the largest amount in the $1.6 million and obviously the toughest to reach. The bonuses range from $25,000 for winning the conference during the regular season to $500,000 for winning the national championship. The team has made the NCAA tournament twice in its history, advancing to second round once.

$5,000 if the team’s GPA is 2.8 or higher and the team has no more than zero APR points.

$7,500 highest achievable bonus for team’s academic performance. If the team’s multi-year Academic Progress Rate is greater than 975, Hunter receives that bonus. If the team’s APR is between 930 and 940, he receives $2,500. It escalates up to the maximum amount. The team had an APR of 971 last year, which would result in a bonus of $5,000.

$15,000 student-athlete conduct bonus. If no member of the team either accepts responsibility for violating any academic, disciplinary or other polices in the University’s Code of Conduct or is found to have violated any of those policies, Hunter receives that $15,000 bonus.

So, if the Georgia State men’s basketball program were to have the best year in its history, Hunter could earn as much as $1,639,500 in one year.

Buyout terms

If Georgia State were to fire Hunter without cause, he would owed:

$2,100,000 July 1, 2012-April 30, 2013

$1,750,000 May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014

$1,400,000 May 1, 2014-April 30, 2015

$1,050,000 May 1, 2015-April 30, 2016

$700,000 May 1, 2016-April 30, 2017

$350,000 May 1, 2017-April 30, 2018

If Hunter terminates his employment, he would owe:

$750,000 July 1, 2012-April 30, 2013

$700,000 May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014

$650,000 May 1, 2014-April 30, 2015

$600,000 May 1, 2015-April 30, 2016

$550,000 May 1, 2016-April 30, 2017

$500,000 May 1, 2017-April 30, 2018

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

12 comments Add your comment


September 14th, 2012
7:29 am

Definately money well spent CRH is awesome! Side note, If we win a national Championship next year I’ll double that offer.


September 14th, 2012
9:09 am

Thanks for the info. In the past we have only guessed what the bonuses were and I for one would not have guessed this.

Here is to CRH and the hope that you achieve the highest bonus possible.


September 14th, 2012
10:10 am

Lol. I imagine a national championship pays for itself. I wonder if this gives any clues as to what the football HC might make

Orlando Panther

September 14th, 2012
10:32 am

CRH is the man, I hope he ears every penny possible


September 14th, 2012
10:42 am

I want to see him get that 1 million dollar bonus. Coach, bring us a NC. Go Panthers!


September 14th, 2012
11:23 am

Doug, why is it allowed to publish any coach’s salary? Is it because tax payer money is being used? I am a Dawg fan and I like Coach Hunter but I think it is not wise to make such private information known to the general public. I feel the same way about announcing the salaries of pro athletes. It may jeopardize their and their families personal safety. Don’t give criminals anymore incentive to be criminals. Just sayin’.


September 14th, 2012
11:58 am

KPB, we all know Richt’s salary as well. You can look up the salaries of any Div I football coach or basketball coach. I dont think there have been many if any documented problems.


September 14th, 2012
12:23 pm

Love it. There has to be incentives for making the NCAA Tournament and for each round we advance?!?

Go Panthers

September 14th, 2012
1:01 pm

Doug is this contract comparable to the terms agreed upon by the GA Tech and UGA coach in their contracts? You can’t post this without showing that the contract is similar to others.

Additionally is there a clause that awards Hunter $10,000 for punching CAA referee Jerry Heater in the face? Throw out my coach that’s one thing but to toss a cheerleader for looking at you wrong that is classless. GSU is coming for you Jerry….no where to hide this year. #thrownoutbyjerryheater

Doug Roberson

September 14th, 2012
1:21 pm

No, fox and gregory are paid much more. In the 750k-1.something million range, without the incentives, if memory serves.

Steve Nash's Pick and Roll

September 14th, 2012
3:00 pm

He should be our OC for football as well. But then he might take away all the limelight from our AD and you know she won’t go for that.

Atlanta Mafia

September 14th, 2012
5:13 pm

@STATEment – I was gonna pick off that helmet for auction until I saw that it was your bid that I was about to pass. I let it go to you cause I see your posts here all the time. I got the 2 jerseys though.