Due to the loss of revenue from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, three of the highest-paid members in the University of Illinois Department of Athletics will be taking a pay cut.
On Tuesday, University of Illinois Chancellor Robert J. Jones announced that head football coach Lovie Smith, head men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood and athletic director Josh Whitman will all take a 10 percent reduction in pay. Those pay cuts are scheduled for the next six months, according to the statement.
All three volunteered to take the 10 percent cut in pay.
“Out of our personal commitment to demonstrating that shared responsibility, I, along with all five of our vice chancellors, have volunteered to take a 10 percent pay reduction for the next six months,” Jones wrote. “This savings will be directed specifically to our Illinois Cares: COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund to assist students in need. And I am very proud to announce that Director of Athletics Josh Whitman, Coach Lovie Smith and Coach Brady Underwood have stepped forward and volunteered to take the same reduction.”
According to Bret Beherns of WCIA3, that means Whitman will see a $38,750 cut in pay, while Underwood’s would be $170,000 and Smith’s would equate to $200,000.
Other schools across the country have implemented similar plans.