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Coaches sidelined by furloughs at several Division I universities

February 16, 2009

Even college sports are not immune to cutbacks as the economic slump and state budget crises bite deeper into higher education.

Arizona State, Clemson, Maryland and Utah State are in the middle of mandatory furlough programs that apply to all school personnel, including coaches.

At Arizona State, football coach Dennis Erickson and men's basketball coach Herb Sendek are being forced to lose 12 days' pay between Feb. 2 and the close of the school's fiscal year, June 30. (Depending on job classification, Arizona State's furloughs, announced Jan. 28, are for 10, 12 or 15 days - double to triple the days being lost by employees of the other three schools.)

Utah State employees also are being furloughed for five days, mostly during the university's spring break in March. As needed, athletics employees will be able to take the furloughs closer to a June 30 deadline, athletics director Scott Barnes says.

, which announced its furloughs in November, required that employees miss five days by June 30. This was a response to $38 million cut in state funding. Men's basketball coach Oliver Purnell has absorbed a more than a $4,300 loss from his $225,000 base salary, senior associate athletics director Katie Hill says.

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