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[ Originally posted 08.16.03 ]

Hamrick finds treasure chest staff report

Mike Hamrick will become the highest paid athletics director in Nevada-Las Vegas history after his appointment was approved by the board of regents in Reno on Friday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting.

The former East Carolina AD will assume duties at UNLV immediately under the terms of a three-year contract that will pay him $190,000 in 2003-04, $200,000 in 2004-05 and $210,000 in 2005-06.

Boosting the effective value of Hamrick's earnings is the fact that the state of Nevada does not have state income tax. Hamrick was making $180,000 annually at ECU, not including bonuses.

Other terms in the UNLV package stipulate two courtesy cars for Hamrick and his wife, Soletta, who accompanied him to Friday's regents meeting; a country club membership; travel for his wife to away athletic contests and other sports-related business; and 12 tickets to all UNLV athletic events. He also can collect a bonus between $5,000-$10,000, tied to the graduation rates of UNLV athletes.

John Robinson, Hamrick's predecessor, made $80,000 as athletic director beyond the $501,000 he makes as the Rebels' football coach. Former UNLV athletic director Charlie Cavagnaro made $148,000 annually two years ago.

UNLV president Carol Harter has charged Hamrick with boosting sagging morale within the athletic department. He will start raising money in the community and make sure the school's NCAA compliance and academic programs are running efficiently.

The school has scheduled a news conference for 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Thomas & Mack Center to formally introduce the new boss of its athletic department.

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