July 23rd, 2019 | by CollegeAD

Northwestern University football coach Pat Fitzgerald was credited with more than $5.1 million in total compensation for the 2017 calendar year, according to the university’s new federal tax return. The amount represents an increase of just over $1.5 million compared to what the school reported for Fitzgerald for 2016. As a private school, Northwestern is not required to make its employment agreements public, but in April 2017, the university announced it had signed Fitzgerald to a contract extension running through the 2026 season. The likely impact of the new agreement is seen in both Fitzgerald’s base compensation and in what the return calls “other reportable compensation,” a category that covers taxable amounts other than base pay, bonuses and deferred or retirement compensation. Fitzgerald had $4.06 million in base pay in 2017 — $1 million more than had been reported for him in each of the previous three years. He had $714,197 in other reportable compensation in 2017 — about $500,000 more than had been reported for him in each of the previous two years. Fitzgerald also received $307,500 in bonuses in 2017, the same amount reported for him in 2016. – Steve Berkowitz, usatoday – Read More

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