Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
APR scores worth big paydays for Anderson, Bielema
Arkansas basketball coach Mike Anderson, left, and football coach Bret Bielema earned big bonuses for the 2015-16 APR scores. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Photos)
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas' two highest profile coaches are due $175,000 in bonuses after the release of the NCAA's Academic Progress Report on Wednesday.
Razorbacks basketball coach Mike Anderson is due $100,000 and football coach Bret Bielema is due $75,000, per terms of their contracts, which include academic incentive bonuses.
Arkansas' basketball team had a perfect APR score of 1,000 in 2015-16 - the latest reporting period - while the football team had a score of 981. APR is a calculation based on athletes remaining eligible each semester.
Anderson and Bielema also can receive up to $100,000 each in bonuses for the graduation success rate scores released later this year.
Academic incentives are not nearly as lucrative for coaches of non-revenue sports. For instance, Arkansas baseball coach Dave Van Horn earned a $5,000 bonus for his team's APR score of 990.
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