A pay freeze at West Virginia University next year won't affect salary increases in store for many of the school's athletic coaches.
Football Coach Dana Holgorsen is set to draw at least $500,000 more next year, and at least $50,000 more is in line for men's basketball Coach Bob Huggins.
"The increases, if any, are built in to those contracts," said Mike Parsons, deputy director of athletics. "We will honor those increases."
Most of the other head coaches at the university also will receive raises called for in their contracts. Parsons said they're typically less than $10,000.
During its June meeting the WVU board of governors called for both an employee pay freeze and student tuition increases.
Narvel Weese, WVU's vice president of administration and finance, said the decisions were necessary because of state budget cuts.
The university expects the pay freeze, as well as general cuts, to result in savings of about $10.3 million. The tuition increase is expected to bring in an additional $19.6 million, or more.
The athletic department operates from a different budget, Parsons said. It's still technically state money, but he said it comes mostly from sources other than the Legislature.
"The money we used to pay our salaries . . . is self-generated money," Parsons said. "That funds our budgets. We're not getting money appropriated from the state."
The athletic department does receive $100,000 for the rifle team.
That pales in comparison to entire department budget, which Parsons expects to come in between $60 and $65 million for the 2014 fiscal year.
Football and basketball account for a significant portion of that self-generated money, Parsons said. The fund includes ticket sales, sponsorships, media contracts and other money-making agreements.
Both Holgorsen and Huggins signed new contracts in 2012. Although Holgorsen's total annual compensation was $2.3 million initially, that bumped up to $2.5 million on Jan. 1 of this year.