Details of Otzelberger’s contract released

UNLV Rebels head coach T.J. Otzelberger instructs the team in the first half of a college basketball game against the Cincinnati Bearcats, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati.

When T.J. Otzelberger was introduced as Iowa State’s new head men’s basketball coach earlier this year, Jamie Pollard made it clear the compensation structure would be somewhat creative.

We learned the details of that creativity on Monday.

Otzelberger will be paid roughly $1 million per year before incentives tied to performance totaling $450,000 and additional supplemental benefits worth $500,000 annually during his five-year deal, according to a report from the Associated Press.

The contract calls for Otzelberger’s base salary to be $300,000 annually plus $700,000 for speaking engagements, public appearances and media obligations. The aforementioned supplemental benefits include contributions to Otzelberger’s retirement plan.

Incentives in the contract include a bonus for being one of the top-four seeds in the Big 12 Tournament with earning the No. 1 seed netting him $250,000. Winning the conference tournament gets him $100,000 while an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament results in a $50,000 bonus plus $50,000 for each win during the tournament.

Iowa State paid $3.4 million to buy out Otzelberger’s contract with UNLV, where he was earning $1.2 million per season.

According to the USA Today’s college basketball coaches salaries database, Otzelberger will be the lowest paid coach in the Big 12 and among the lowest-paid in the entire Power 5.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.