Florida Releases Pelphrey Salary; Arkansas Buyout To Decrease

by Chris Bahn  on Sunday, May. 15, 2011 8:59 am  

Former Arkansas coach John Pelphrey will make $180,000 a year as an assistant at Florida. (Photo by Will Flowers)

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Arkansas will be able to decrease its buyout payments to former basketball coach John Pelphrey.

Pelphrey, now an assistant at Florida, will make a $180,000 base salary, according to reports. He’ll also get $10,000 supplemental income from Nike, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Because of his salary with the Gators, the Razorbacks will not have to pay the full $1.8 million buyout. Pelphrey was set to get $600,000 annually for the next three years, minus any income he received from a new job.

Arkansas will pay $420,000 annually to Pelphrey now, according to GatorSports.com.

Pelphrey served as an assistant to Billy Donovan with the Gators from 1994-2002. He left Florida to take a head coaching job at South Aalabama before leaving there for four seasons at Arkansas. Pelphrey was 69-59 overall with just one NCAA Tournament appearance with the Razorbacks.

Returning to Florida was an opportunity Pelphrey told GatorSports.com he couldn’t pass up. He had no head coaching offers and likely wouldn’t have taken an assistant's job anywhere else, he said.

"I don't know for me if there was another opportunity like this, I would be doing it," Pelphrey said. "I think because it's (Donovan), because all of my kids were born here, this was a safe place for my wife, Tracy. There is just a lot of things here that played into it. I probably don't see myself having taken this opportunity anywhere else."

Arkansas will host Florida this season. No date has been announced for that game. 



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