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Talks continue, but Wilder's pay raise is coming soon

 

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It's taken months longer than anticipated, but negotiations for a new contract between Old Dominion and football coach Bobby Wilder are going well and a new deal should be signed by mid-June, athletic director Wood Selig said.

Selig had said shortly after the football season ended in early December that he planned to "tear up" Wilder's contract, which had nine years remaining, and negotiate a new deal. He pledged to do so in part because of ODU's success - the Monarchs were 11-2 last season and are 38-10 under Wilder - and because the school is moving up to Conference USA in 2014.

Selig said he wants to increase Wilder's pay to a level comparable with other C-USA coaches by 2015.

Although negotiations have taken longer than expected, Selig said they have been amicable and that a deal will be reached.

Wilder is represented by Dennis Cordell, who founded the Washington firm called Coaches Inc. The firm represents dozens of coaches, including Virginia head football coach Mike London, Florida International and former Norfolk State basketball coach Anthony Evans and ODU quarterbacks coach Ron Whitcomb.

"We haven't had a chance to work through every topic that we need to," Selig said. "There are two or three points that both sides want to get right. But things are going well."

Talks have been delayed in part because Selig was preoccupied with hiring a new basketball coach and by the school's impending move to C-USA.

Without a new contract, Wilder would have the lowest salary in Conference USA, according to a USA Today database published in November. Wilder makes $350,000 in base pay and benefits, including endorsements, TV and radio shows and funds from the Old Dominion Athletic Fund, a private fundraising arm of the school, Selig said. He also has $105,000 in potential bonuses in the current deal, but most of them are based on the school's performance in the Football Championship Subdivision.

ODU plays as an FCS independent this fall, then joins the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2014. Selig said Wilder's contract will be rewritten to include FBS performance goals.

According to USA Today, the average salary for the football coaches whose schools will be members of Conference USA in 2014 is $553,796. That includes 12 of the 14 C-USA coaches. UNC Charlotte, which begins playing football in 2013, and ODU weren't on the USA Today list.

Southern Mississippi's Ellis Johnson, who was fired after the Golden Eagles went 0-12 last season, had the biggest salary at $790,000 and has $465,000 in potential bonuses.

The average bonus for the 11 C-USA schools that offer them was nearly $230,000.

Harry Minium, 757-446-2371, harry.minium@pilotonline.com

 

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It's hard to imagine a

It's hard to imagine a better start to the program. Wilder has done a heck of a job and deserves to be compensated accordingly.

Will Selig...

..."tear up" the other sports' coaches' contracts - and offer better terms - simply because ODU is moving to CUSA? ...or is it ONLY football?

All the other sports were

All the other sports were already playing at the highest D1 level and coaches were compensated as such. Football is moving up from D1AA to D1A so a raise is appropriate.

He needs to prove himself in

He needs to prove himself in the new league like the others have proven themselves first.

You would have to ask him.

You would have to ask him. But let's be honest, football is what brings in the money. Better to take care of a good coach than cry when he leaves for a better offer.

Get a Clue

ODU Football LOSES MONEY!! Just like almost every other BCS program. The losses will get even deeper next year.

Extension is good. Now hire

Extension is good. Now hire someone who can coach defense/stop the run/get to the QB. Conf USA is not the CAA. p.s. Whatever happened to Blaine Taylor??

as to your question

Blaine met ODU's new athletic director, Wood Selig, that's what happened.

Same thing that will happen to Bobby Wilder, watch and wait for it.

Mrs Barefoot gets a free pass however.

That will only happen if

That will only happen if Bobby Wilder starts coaching games, running practices and doing public and broadcast events drunk while representing ODU like Blaine did. Why the anger against Wood? Any boss would be forced to make that move in any business. I cant even have one drink at lunch, much less stumble into work hammered and keep my job. Can you?

Wilder was out coached and played by Villa Nova last season.

I would not give him a raise until he proves himself in the new league, unless he can early opt out anyway. The competition in the existing league has not been there except for Villa Nova. Wilder was out coached and played by Villa Nova and other lagitimate schools. The rest are extension high school teams. I predict Wilder will be fortunate if he can play .500 ball in the new league.

Raise

Give Wilder a raise next year if they go for it on 4th down in their own territory with the game tied and make it.

Wow, tough crowd

Did you really expect ODU, a brand new program, to come right in and win 10 games a year? I expected them, like most new programs, to be awful for several years before starting to play decent ball. What Wilder has been able to accomplish so far has got to be regarded as impressive.

Wilder is already getting paid well.

Wilder is already is getting paid well. He gets paid more than any other high school coach for playing mostly extension high school football teams. Villa Nova is a real college team and smoked ODU ass last season. Wilder is lucky to have a job at $350,000 per year and needs to prove himself in the new league. It was the ODU players making plays on the field not him. Wilder did not carry the football once. Do the players get a raise or something more for their gallant efforts? Does ODU's math professors and math department head earn $350,000 per year? Will they get a raise? Let's stay focused on what's most important.

1. ODU is a division 1

1. ODU is a division 1 national research university. 2. Its Villanova... one word. 3. JMU, UMass, Richmond, Villanova and W&M are not extension high schools. 4. College players are not allowed to be paid at any college under NCAA rules. 5. Whats important is you getting an education. Perhaps finishing high school would be a good start.

Your sentences are

Your sentences are incoherent. maybe you should take remedial English or does ODU only teach football? Villa Nova is a great football school. The others are extension high school football programs, by and large. If the current league is so good why is ODU getting out? LMAO.

Once again, Wilder will have to prove himself to get a raise in my book. I do not think he will starve at $350,000 per year at the moment, ODU students, however, might though, since they are paying for his salary.

Please

Please go to the University of Pittsburg and tell them their team is an "extension high school football team." Let's see if you get out of town very successfully. And while you're at it, go to UNC, Maryland, and East Carolina and tell them the same thing. ODU plays all these teams this year. It would be nice for people to stop saying what they did the very first year of ODU's return to FB after a 69-year absence. It's no longer relevant, as are comments like the one above.

So if he is impressive then

So if he is impressive then stick with the nine year contract in place?

Whether we like it or not,

Whether we like it or not, football is big business. Sure, Wilder has a long term deal in place; however, it would be easy for a larger school to buy him out if they wanted to hire him. Then everyone would be singing the blues about what ODU could have done to hold onto him. Consistency is key in college footbal; hiring a new coach can often set a program back years. New programs generally struggle for years before having any sort of success; ODU has exceeded expectations, and it's tough to argue that the head coach is not a big part of that.

FYI

ODU and Villanova split their two all time meetings. VU won in 2012 and ODU won in 2011. Just wanted to put that in there...

Stop Hating

Blows my mind that anyone would come here on ODU's site outside of JMU, Richmond or W&M alumni/fans and talk smack. You're right ODU hasn't proved a thing at 1-A level. Before 2009 we had not proved anything at the 1-AA level either. There's clearly an inherent fear of ODUs ceiling. Just for you outsiders bobby came here to build a program from scratch. He's committed to what he started but with money rolling in at a historic pace due to football well gosh darn he deserves to be rewarded. Nobody's saying ODU is gonna roll into big boy football and continue our success but until given a reason to think otherwise we will believe we will....win. 4years and entering BCS football there's something to be said. What I'd say to all you non ODU

Fans is just relax cause

Fans is just relax cause your attacks are laughable. You only show your own weakness. Monarch Nation prouder n stronger than ever

Im a W&M grad so have no

Im a W&M grad so have no skin in this conversation but geez! Wilder delivered way beyond expectations. Took ODU to the top echelon of the FCS. He deserves to be paid.. BTW, for you football haters, successful football programs increase alumni connection to the university and therefore giving. It also increases profile and quality of student applications. Both of these result in higher academic standards. On the other side of the coin, Blaine had to go. You can't allow a coach to appear drunk in public repeatedly. Seems fairly obvious to me. What is the matter with you folks? You sound miserable.

Im a W&M grad so have no

Im a W&M grad so have no skin in this conversation but geez! Wilder delivered way beyond expectations. Took ODU to the top echelon of the FCS. He deserves to be paid.. BTW, for you football haters, successful football programs increase alumni connection to the university and therefore giving. It also increases profile and quality of student applications. Both of these result in higher academic standards. On the other side of the coin, Blaine had to go. You can't allow a coach to appear drunk in public repeatedly. Seems fairly obvious to me. What is the matter with you folks? You sound miserable.

Im a W&M grad so have no

Im a W&M grad so have no skin in this conversation but geez! Wilder delivered way beyond expectations. Took ODU to the top echelon of the FCS. He deserves to be paid.. BTW, for you football haters, successful football programs increase alumni connection to the university and therefore giving. It also increases profile and quality of student applications. Both of these result in higher academic standards. On the other side of the coin, Blaine had to go. You can't allow a coach to appear drunk in public repeatedly. Seems fairly obvious to me. What is the matter with you folks? You sound miserable.

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