Maybe Bob Huggins' "beat KU" contract isn't all that weird
The Kansas City Star
Bob Huggins can make a quick 25-large tomorrow. You might remember the news that Huggins’ new contract at West Virginia calls for a $25,000 payment every time he beats Kansas in the regular season.
You have to figure Huggins’ chances are slim, both because the game is at Allen Fieldhouse and he’s coaching a bad team, and the point here today is not to pile on to the many jokes that can be made about all of this^.
^ What they should do is give him a bonus every time he dresses like an adult. I’ll be here all week, guys. Try the veal.
The point is that Huggins’ contract is far from the strangest in sports. With the help of the Google machine, here are a few other favorites:
Mack Brown gets $60,000 to chair the board of the UT golf club, and a $750 gift card to a gun store in Austin.
Bobby Bonilla, in one of the greatest contract swindling jobs ever, cashes a $1.2 million check from the Mets every July 1 through 2035. Bonilla played his last game for the Mets in 1999. He’ll be 67 when he gets his last check from the Mets.
A lot of guys have ambitious bonuses — Adam Dunn gets $25,000 for a Gold Glove — but a favorite might be Nick Collison making $100,000 if he wins MVP. Collison is currently a darkhouse MVP candidate: 5.3 points and 4.1 rebounds for the Thunder.
Roy Oswalt got a bulldozer for winning a playoff game. And not for nothing: when he was available the last few years, part of some teams’ hesitation on him (besides health) was that his heart wasn’t in baseball but with his farm.