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With Bonuses, Harrick's New Deal Could Pay Him $545,000 a Year


In what should come as a surprise to no one, UCLA will give basketball Coach Jim Harrick a raise. His new contract, made official Tuesday, calls for an increase of at least $40,000 per year and could be worth up to $545,000 annually.

The contract, a copy of which was obtained by The Times, guarantees Harrick $420,000 for five years through the 1999-2000 season, but Harrick could earn roughly $125,000 more if he wins another national title.

In the old contract, which was to end in 1997, Harrick was guaranteed $378,000, but the final take last year after winning the NCAA tournament was close to $500,000 after incentives, bonuses, and his share of the profits from the UCLA basketball camp.

"I am very pleased with the progress of the UCLA program under Jim Harrick," Athletic Director Peter Dalis said Thursday after Harrick had signed but before the deal was official.

Harrick was out of town Tuesday and could not be reached for comment.

The school announced that Harrick had signed a new contract on Thursday. It wasn't signed by Chancellor Charles Young until Tuesday.

UCLA announced Tuesday that Greg White, 36, the former coach at the University of Charleston in West Virginia, has been hired as an assistant coach to Harrick.

Times staff writer Jim Hodges contributed to this story.

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