The University of Louisville football team’s academic performance again will result in Bobby Petrino having one of the largest bonus payouts for a public-school football coach.He will receive $500,000 because the school’s athletics compliance department has determined that the team’s new single-year NCAA Academic Progress Rate figure will be at least 935 or better, an athletics department spokesman told USA TODAY Sports on Friday.“We won’t have an official APR figure until May, but we have determined that it will meet the threshold to activate the bonus,” spokesman Kenny Klein said in an e-mail.The NCAA generally makes APR figures public in May, but schools are required to report their figures to the NCAA six weeks after the first day of fall-term classes. SALARIES: USA TODAY Sports databaseThe 935 APR threshold in Petrino’s contract is just above the minimum four-year average of 930 that the NCAA requires for teams to be eligible for postseason play. Last year, however, the Louisville football team’s single-year APR was 984 (out of a possible 1000) and its four-year average was 977, according to data published by the NCAA in May 2015. That put the Cardinals among the top 20 percent of all Division I football teams, according to the NCAA’s figures.Petrino’s qualification for the APR bonus will increase the value of the bonus he can get if the Cardinals end up playing in a bowl game by nearly $42,000. (They have a 3-4 record heading into Friday night’s game against Wake Forest.)If Louisville participates in a bowl game, Petrino receives a bonus equal to 1/12th of the sum of his $3 million basic annual pay and the APR bonus if he gets it. Without the APR payment, Petrino would have been set for a bowl bonus of $250,000.Follow the road to the 2015 College Football Playoff at The Football Four, our home to rate and debate the nation’s best. Based on his team’s achievements last season, Petrino was paid nearly $800,000 in bonuses — second among FBS public-school coaches to Missouri’s Gary Pinkel, who totaled $900,000, according to data compiled by USA TODAY Sports for football head coaches who are at the same school that employed them as the head coach last season.At least five other FBS head coaches also are set for at least $100,000 in bonuses this season, with more possible: Penn State’s James Franklin ($200,000), Memphis’ Justin Fuente ($170,000) Utah’s Kyle Whittingham (nearly $130,000), Bowling Green’s Dino Babers ($125,000) and LSU’s Les Miles ($100,000). Fuente can add to his total with a win by the Tigers on Saturday; Babers can do the same with a win by the Falcons on Wednesday.Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is set for a bonus of at least $120,000. He gets an amount equal to 8% of his $1.5 million base salary if the Crimson Tide plays in any bowl game, but the amount will be greater if the team plays in the Southeastern Conference title game or one of the SEC’s higher-paying bowl games.
VaLeta Mae Brown, age 81, long time resident of Wellington died at her home Wednesday evening, August 23, 2017.VaLeta Mae (McMillen) Brown was born August 2, 1936 in Osborne, KS to Robert Lee McMillen and Alice Belle (Minor) McMillen.She married Edwin G. Brown on July 25, 1954 in Osborne, KS. He preceded her in death in 1998.She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edwin; and son, Eddie.Survivors include her children, Jacob Brown and his wife Vicki, Steven Brown and his wife Linda, Rachel Barnes and her husband Merlin, and Martha Larsen all of Wellington; brother, Richard Mcillen; 19 grandchildren; and 26 great grandchildren.Private family services will be held at a later date.There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place.The family has requested that memorials be give to the donor’s choice.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net