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A bump for Byrne

(Cover photo courtesy: AP) (Cover photo courtesy: AP)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Arizona Athletics Top 25 finish in the Learfield Directors' Cup earned athletics director Greg Byrne a bonus of around $12,500 per his contract with the Arizona Board of Regents.

Previously Byrne's contract would have only given him a bonus had the Wildcats finished in the Top 10, but that was altered last September to reflect that "UA competes against programs located in larger markets and that have significantly greater resources".

The revision now gives Bryne the following bonuses in relation to the program's finish in the competition:

Ranked 1st: Four (4) weeks base salary
Ranked 2nd-15th: Two (2) weeks base salary
Ranked 16th-25th: One (1) week base salary

The Wildcats were 29th in the Directors' Cup standings prior to the baseball team's run to the final game of the College World Series.

UA jumped 11 spots from their 36th placement in 2014-15 and the finish ended a slide that had seen Arizona fall in every year of Byrne's tenure. 

The Wildcats, in the Directors' Cup, under Byrne have placed:

16th ('10-'11)
19th ('11-'12)
23rd ('12-'13)

26th ('13-14)
36th ('14-15)
25th ('15-'16)

The Learfield Directors' Cup is a nationwide competition among all athletic departments that compete in NCAA sponsored sports. It was first awarded after the 1993-94 athletics year.

The Wildcats finished sixth in that first year. Their all-time highest placement in the rankings was the 1994-95 athletics year (4th) and in fact UA was a Top 10 school in each of the first eight years of the competition.

The Wildcats however have not finished in the Top 10 since 2000-01.

Arizona has topped the rival Arizona State Sun Devils in the Directors' Cup in four of Byrne's six years on the job.

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