Helton, Brooks to stay until 2000

by Bobby Summers

Daily Cougar Senior Staff

Almost overlooked in the flurry of protests from UH-Downtown faculty and students at the March 12 meeting of the University of Houston System Board of Regents was the approval of new contracts for UH head football coach Kim Helton and UH head basketball coach Alvin Brooks.

After two previous abortive attempts, the Board of Regents finally approved Helton's contract extension.

The approval was not without some light moments as Regent John O'Quinn, who attended the meeting via a telephone connection, pointed out some contract language he believed was ambiguous, possibly setting the stage for a third postponement of approval of the contract.

After consultation between O'Quinn, UH System General Counsel James Crowther, University Counsel Susan Wheeler, Board of Regents Chairwoman Beth Morian, Regent Zinetta Burney and UH System Chancellor William P. Hobby, the language problem was apparently solved to everyone's satisfaction.

Helton's new contract calls for him to coach the football team until May 20, 2000.

He will receive a yearly base salary of $149,200, plus his recent $5,964 staff merit pay, bringing his yearly base pay to $155,164.

Helton will also be paid an "additional guaranteed salary" of $120,000 per year for his participation and cooperation in fund-raising efforts, "including, but not limited to, securing donations of money, goods and services from outside sources for the university."

Helton can also earn outside income, with the permission of the Athletics director, from the operation of football camps; speeches, instructional video tapes, appearances and written materials; endorsements or advisory services for athletic shoes, apparel or equipment manufacturers or suppliers and contracts for sales of such items to the general public; and appearance fees for television, radio or other media programs that are not produced or owned by the university.

Brooks' new four-year contract, which was first announced Feb. 19 by UH Athletics Director Bill Carr, was finalized at the meeting.

Brooks will now coach the Cougar basketball team until April 7, 2000.

Under the terms of the contract, Brooks will receive a pay increase of $12,500 per year, bringing his annual base salary to $112,500.

In addition, Brooks will receive an "additional guaranteed salary" of $25,000 per year for "promotion of intercollegiate athletics within and outside of the university." His contract, like Helton's, requires him to "participate and cooperate in the fund-raising efforts of the university."

Brooks can also receive income from personal service agreements for the operation of basketball camps; speeches, instructional videotapes, appearances and written material; endorsements or advisory service for athletic shoes, apparel or equipment manufacturers or suppliers and contracts for sales of such items to the general public; and appearance fees for television, radio or any other media programs that are not produced or owned by the university.

He will also be eligible for staff merit raises as of Sept. 1, 1997.

Both Helton and Brooks receive the use of two cars each, plus standard maintenance, gas, oil and insurance; membership in two country clubs or social clubs; and expense accounts for travel and out-of-pocket expenses "reasonably incurred for the purpose of and in connection with" the performance of their duties.

Both coaches' contracts also contain incentive clauses.

If Brooks leads the basketball team to the NCAA post-season tournament or to the National Invitational Tournament Final Four, he will receive one month's gross base salary: $9,375.

If Helton's Cougars land a post-season bowl game, he will also receive one month's gross base salary: $12,433.

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