The success of USF men's basketball team is triggering incentive bonuses for head coach Stan Heath that were included in the five-year contract extension he signed with the Bulls two years ago.
When Heath was named as Big East Coach of the Year on Tuesday, that gave him a $15,000 bonus, and he stands to earn other bonuses based on the Bulls' success in the postseason. If USF can make it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 20 years -- a win Wednesday night against Villanova would lock that up, according to many projections -- he would earn a $25,000 bonus. If the Bulls only make the NIT, as they did two years ago, Heath would pick up a $10,000 bonus.
If the Bulls do get into the NCAA field, there are other incentives that could come into play -- another postseason bonus starts at $25,000 if the Bulls can make the Sweet 16, and that doubles as the Bulls advance to the Elite Eight and Final Four. And yes, the contract does account for the possibility of USF winning a national championship, which would result in a $150,000 bonus.