Mar 7, 2024 - News

SDSU basketball coach's big payday

SDSU basketball coach Brian Dutcher stands with his arms crossed during a game.

SDSU basketball coach Brian Dutcher just signed a contract extension. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

San Diego State University head basketball coach Brian Dutcher will now receive $2.3 million this season, making him the highest-paid employee in the CSU system, the Union-Tribune reported.

Why it matters: Dutcher led the Aztecs to the NCAA national title game for the first time in SDSU and Mountain West Conference history last season, and this new five-year deal helps the university keep him at the helm.

The fine print: The newly signed contract extension raises Dutcher's salary from $1.4 million.

  • He'll get annual $100,000 raises up to $2.7 million in 2027-28, when the contract ends, per the newspaper.
  • His buyout is now $10.2 million.

Yes, but: Dutcher's performance incentives, like winning a conference title, decreased under the new contract.

The big picture: Dutcher is the highest-paid coach in the Mountain West, but he's not in the top 50 nationally.

  • His $2.3 million salary ranks 55th in USA Today's annual list, which is topped by Kentucky's John Calipari at $8.5 million.

What's next: The No. 21 Aztecs host Boise State at Viejas Arena tomorrow at 7pm for senior night, the final home game of the season.

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