• Roy Williams to receive pay boost and large bonus bump
  • UNC's Athletic Program accused of five major NCAA violations

The University of North Carolina offered a two-year contract extension to men’s basketball coach Roy Williams that could see his bonuses rise nine times to a possible maximum of $1 million as the school awaits possible punishment for five of the NCAA’s most severe violations.

Williams’s total guaranteed compensation will start at $1.96 million next season and grow to $2.35 million by the 2019-20 season, according to a release on the UNC athletics page.

Williams, 64, won NCAA titles at UNC in 2005 and 2009. In 27 years as a college coach, he’s 750-202, and his .788 winning percentage is highest among active coaches with 20 years experience. UNC is the fourth favorite to win next year’s NCAA title, according to online sports book Bovada.lv.

“His results on the court over 27 years as a head coach are among the most accomplished in the history of the sport,” Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement.

Williams was paid $1.83 million in guaranteed compensation last season, according to his 2011 extension, obtained by Bloomberg News via open records requests. The escalators in his supplemental pay remain the same and his $40,000 expense account won’t increase in the new deal.

One of the biggest differences in Williams’s new contract is the bonus structure. He can now make as much as $1 million based on the team’s NCAA tournament success and academic performance, compared with $111,313 under his 2011 deal.

Williams gained the extension a month after the National Collegiate Athletic Association sent UNC a notice of allegations that included evidence that school employees suggested grades for athletes, turned in assignments on their behalf and refused to comply with a previous NCAA investigation. Williams isn’t mentioned in the letter, although the NCAA said men’s basketball players received a number of the academic benefits.

In October, the school released the results of an independent investigation into the fraud, which included 3,100 students, almost half athletes, taking so-called paper classes -- with no faculty involvement or class attendance. Chancellor Carol Folt at the time called the fraud “the bad actions of a few and the inaction of others.”

UNC has 90 days from the receipt of the NCAA’s allegations to file a response. The NCAA’s enforcement group then has 60 days to craft a rebuttal for the Committee on Infractions, which will then hear both sides. That means resolution in the case may take until the end of 2015 or early 2016.

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