Most of the movements surrounding Debt Sanders and his decision to leave Jackson State University to take the head coaching job at the University of Colorado have come to a halt.
With numerous interviews explaining his move as well as the quiet surrounding discussions that consumed social media, it seemed as if everything surrounding this training change had settled down. However, there was one decision-making official who was still unsure about Coach Prime’s new move.
AfroTech previously reported that while Sanders accepted the head coach position, the athletic director at the University of Colorado confirmed that the money for his job was not there yet.
As a detail, Sanders is set to receive the following:
$5.5 million in its first season
$500,000 in base salary
$1.75 million in additional income for radio, television, and public appearances
$1.74 million for promotion and fundraising
$1.5 million for “student-athlete development”
The money for Sanders’ salary was supposed to be there as he got his initial start with the team, and his role was officially up for discussion by the school board.
According to USA Today, all but one of the University of Colorado Board of Regents voted to approve the Prime Coach position.
Jack Kroll was the only member to decide to vote “no”, stating that his opposition had nothing to do with Sanders as an individual. However, it was his fiduciary responsibility to look out for the interest of the school.
Kroll listed his specific reasons for opposition with USA Today.
“The business model is not sustainable.”
Kroll noted that Sanders’ salary is higher than what the university has paid for a football coach. However, the University of Colorado (UC) uses a student athletic tuition of $28.50 per student per semester to support its athletic department. During the 2019-2020 academic year, the university collected $11.2 million in revenue from student fees.
However, UCLA coaches are not “compensated” by tuition money, taxpayer money, or the campus general fund, but by athletic department revenue, media rights, and donations.
“Soon players may be classified as employees by law.”
Although Kroll has no real opposition to such a class of student-athlete, he doesn’t fully understand how CU will defray labor expenses if the move becomes official.
“We are concerned about head injuries from football and its long-term impact on players.”
Kroll noted that the university has a long and complex history of player injuries and deaths related to head injuries. And while CU bills itself as a leader in preventing and treating head injuries, Kroll believes the school can use its resources on more sustainable projects like residence halls and research laboratories.
“But I think, as a university credit agent, I have to see a bigger picture, and yeah, I get negative feedback and angry voicemails. I don’t check Twitter. It’s fine. They’re entitled to their thoughts and passions about these things. In the short term, It’s a really exciting time for the university to bring in a guy like Deion Sanders, and people are excited about it. Anyone who gets in that way is going to hear about it,” Kroll told USA Today.
In addition to the above reasons, Kroll’s “personal remorse” also played a role in his vote.
In 2017, he voted to extend the contract of former CU coach Mike McIntyre, who was eventually fired after a year due to poor on-field performance.
“CU released MacIntyre in November 2018 after his team’s performance on the field collapsed with six straight losses. CU ended up paying $7.2 million to buy out his contract,” USA Today reports.
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