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New USF basketball coach's deal: six years, $6.85 million

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New USF basketball coach Brian Gregory signed a six-year, $6.85 million contract that could extend by a year if the Bulls receive NCAA sanctions.

The university released Gregory's contract — signed Monday — upon a public records request. If the program is hit with NCAA penalties for infractions committed before Gregory's arrival, the deal is extended by a year from the date the sanctions are communicated to the school.

USF is awaiting the findings of an NCAA investigation into possible academic wrongdoing.

Gregory will make $1 million ($400,000 base salary plus $600,000 in "additional compensation") in Year 1 of the deal, which tops out at $1.13 million by the final year. The salary is slightly higher than predecessor Orlando Antigua, who earned roughly $900,000 annually. Antigua was fired in January.

So, too, is Gregory's staff salary pool, which starts at $750,000 and increases to $875,000. If the Bulls make the NCAA Tournament, the school will provide an assistant-incentives pool of $50,000 ($20,000 if the Bulls make the NIT).

If Gregory leaves for another job, his buyout begins at $1.5 million and gradually dips to $250,000 by Year 6. If he's fired without cause, the school owes him his base salary as if he were fully performing his duties for a period of 20 weeks only, according to the contract.

Performance bonuses include $100,000 for winning a national title and $25,000 for receiving an NCAA Tournament berth.

Gregory will be formally introduced at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Sun Dome. The public is invited.

Indiana fires coach

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Tom Crean put Indiana basketball back in the national conversation.

As it turned out, it was too much talk and not enough results. Not for the Hoosiers.

Nine years after taking over a team mired in turmoil after an NCAA scandal, Crean was fired Thursday after missing the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in his tenure. The 50-year-old coach had three years left on his contract. The move comes a little more than three months before his buyout would have dropped from $4 million to $1 million.

But with so much angst among fans, athletic director Fred Glass couldn't wait that long.

"Tom Crean brought us through one of the most challenging periods in IU basketball history, led his players to many successes in the classroom and on the court and represented our university with class and integrity," Glass said. "While winning two outright Big Ten titles in five years and being named Big Ten coach of the year, Tom worked tirelessly to develop great young men and successful teams. However, ultimately, we seek more consistent, high levels of success, and we will not shy away from our expectations."

Crean finished 166-135 at IU, a tenure plagued by inconsistency.

REPORT: KANSAS PLAYER THREATENED WOMAN: One day before top-seeded Kansas opens NCAA Tournament play, court officials released an affidavit that said freshman star Josh Jackson threatened to "beat" a women's basketball player during a confrontation in December.

Douglas County District Court officials released the affidavit detailing statements from McKenzie Calvert and two other KU women's players who witnessed the argument Dec. 9 outside a bar in Lawrence. The affidavit was filed by police to justify a court summons Jackson was served March 7; he is charged with misdemeanor criminal damage.

The release was the latest in a series of embarrassing moments this season for both Kansas and its talented freshman, who was suspended from last week's Big 12 quarterfinal game, which the Jayhawks lost to TCU.

Despite the latest news stemming from the December incident, coach Bill Self was adamant that Jackson would play today against UC Davis. "(Jackson) is a tough-minded individual; I think he's focused," Self said. "And certainly his role or playing time or whatnot, whatever, will only be dictated by what happens between the lines. It won't be dictated by anything else."

Information from Times wires used in this report.

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