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.
PROVO — Former BYU golfer Lea Garner hung on to win the inaugural Utah Women’s Open Sunday, edging Sirene Blair by one shot at East Bay Golf Course.Garner, a native of Washington Terrace who completed her career at BYU last year, added a 66 to her first-day 67 to beat Blair, who hails from South Jordan and just completed her collegiate career at San Diego State. Blair also shot 66 Sunday after a first-round 68.Finishing five shots back of the winner at 138 was Juli Erekson, a professional from Eagle Mountain, while BYU sophomore Anna Kennedy was the top amateur, finishing with a 140 total, a shot better than State Amateur champion Kelsey Chugg.By winning, Garner earned $3,000, while Blair got $2,000 as the runner-up and Erekson received $1,200 for third in the tournament sponsored by Siegfried & Jensen and Fairways Media.In Sunday’s final round, Garner extended her overall lead to three with birdies at holes 2 and 3, before Blair cut the margin to one with birdies at 6 and 9. A birdie on 12 left the two in a tie before Garner made back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14 with Blair also birdieing 14. Then both golfers finished with birdies at 16 and 18.Other top finishers included Carly Dehlin at 143 and Kendra Dalton, Naomi Soifua and Alina Vannarath at 144.