MORGANTOWN — The combination of a new stadium and Coach Randy Mazey has changed the face and future of West Virginia baseball.
All of a sudden they are on the national scene and athletic director Shane Lyons understands that it’s on him to keep Mazey around long enough to build upon what he has started.
“We’re working through that process right now,” said Lyons, referring to reworking Mazey’s contract. “I don’t think there’s a general timeline we have. Randy’s done a great job for the baseball program. He’s been a great coach. We want him here at West Virginia to continue to build on what we’ve built so far.”
On July 21, 2017, Mazey signed a five-year deal that paid him a $250,000 base salary that was loaded with incentives, most of which he met last season. He received $95,000 of supplemental income in 2018 and is receiving $110,000 every year after that, in addition to a $25,000 retention bonus on Aug. 30 each year.
The incentive list on the contract was a long one that could give him $375,000 more:
— 500 season tickets sold, $2,000
— 750 season tickets sold, $3,000
— 1,000 season tickets sold, $4,000
— NCAA APR above 930, $4,000
— 1,500 season tickets sold, $5,000
— Big 12 tournament appearance, $5,000
— Big 12 Coach of the Year, $25,000
— NCAA Tournament appearance, $25,000
— Top 25 finish in USA Today or AP Polls, $25,000
— Big 12 regular season title, $30,000
— Big 12 Tournament title, $30,000
— NCAA Super Regional appearance, $50,000
— Top 10 finish in USA Today or AP Polls, $50,000
— National Coach of the Year, $50,000
— College World Series appearance, $75,000
— National Championship, $100,000
I’d expect something to be worked out by the middle of July, if not sooner.
Will the Coliseum become the Hertzel Coliseum?
But the day is going to come when it will be named after someone or something, and it will be probably be a corporate sponsor. At least, that’s the direction Lyons made it seem he would take during his Wednesday spring update. It’s also a direction a whole lot of other college athletic facilities are sure to follow.
“Those things are on the horizon,” Lyons said. “My job is to look at other revenue sources. We have ticket sales, the conference revenue, our home games. We have to think what is other possible opportunities.”
And selling naming rights is one of those possibilities.
“We’ve got to make sure it’s the right partner, make sure it fits West Virginia University,” Lyons said.
WVU has a new track, now how about a men’s track team?
That makes so much sense that isn’t even funny, but it isn’t going to come.
Why? Because while it makes sense, it doesn’t make cents.
Lyons said no when asked about that, even though there is a rich history of men’s track at the school and because it can help quite a bit with football and football recruiting, allowing players double in the sports.
“Some of it is Title IX,” Lyons said, referring to keeping the opportunity numbers equal.
But that’s nowhere near all of it.
”My focus has been not adding sports. It’s not just men’s track and field, men’s tennis or other thingss. I get softball a lot, too,” Lyons said. “What I’m trying to do is upgrade the 18 sports we have. You start trying to add additional sports, they’re all non-revenue sports and they take a lot of revenue to run ... travel, hiring coaches and all that.”
He doesn’t need a loss leader now, he said, so guess we’ll just have to let those trying to bring men’s track back to protest a little louder.
First the NCAA rifle championship, next NCAA regional baseball, now what?
WVU is suddenly becoming a place to host national sporting events, which brings money and jobs into the area and, of course, helps recruiting and home team performance.
Now, Lyons said, there’s other championships coming WVU’s way. Lyons said both gymnastics and the swimming and diving teams will host Big 12 championships next year.
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