by Chris Bahn on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 10:30 am
Former Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson received a bowl bonus despite not coaching in the Cotton Bowl. (Photo by Mark Wagner)
This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.
Arkansas paid out more than $360,000 in bonuses to coaches and football administrative staff for a Cotton Bowl appearance and victory in January.
Payouts to football employees ranged ranged from $1,053 for an administrative assistant to $75,000 for head coach Bobby Petrino. According to a list obtained through a Freedom of Information request, former defensive coordinator Willy Robinson earned a bonus of $27,083 despite not coaching in the game.
Robinson resigned in December.
Noticeably missing from the list? Linebackers coach Reggie Johnson, who left post-bowl game to join former offensive coordinator Garrick McGee at Alabama-Birmingham. McGee hired Johnson to be the Blazers’ defensive coordinator and he started after the Razorbacks’ 29-16 victory.
An Arkansas spokesman said: “There are processes to be followed when an employee voluntarily leaves his or her position with the University. Once that process is complete, Reggie Johnson’s bonus will be given appropriate consideration.”
Below is a list of notable coaches and football support staff who did get a bonus. Arkansas so far has handed out bonus payments to 30-plus employees who deal with football on a daily basis. Additional employees are in line for bonuses, but had yet to receive those payments.