Two months ago, Mario Cristobal was in line for a pay raise with Oregon coming off a Pac-12 championship season and Rose Bowl victory.
Dana Altman and Kelly Graves, after guiding their talented basketball teams to Pac-12 championships, were preparing for deep NCAA Tournament runs, which would have triggered lucrative contract bonuses.
Then the COVID-19 health crisis forced the cancellation of in-person classes and sporting events. The impact of the economic downturn is being felt by the university and its athletic department.
And the buck isn’t just stopping with UO president Michael Schill and athletics director Rob Mullens, who have taken 12% and 10% salary reductions, respectively.
Oregon announced on Thursday that all of the school’s head coaches have also agreed to take 10% salary reductions for the 2020-21 academic year, which will save the department about $1.1 million.