UVA men’s basketball coach declines pay raise

UVA men’s basketball coach declines pay raise
UVA's Tony Bennett coach the men's basketball team to an NCAA championship in April.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WWBT) - The University of Virginia men’s basketball coach not only declined a pay raise recently, he and his wife also made a half-million dollar pledge to a career-development program for current and former players.

“I have more than I need,” Tony Bennett told UVA Today. “I’m blessed beyond what I deserve.”

Bennett’s 10th season at UVA concluded this past spring with the program’s first NCAA title. It was also UVA’s first Final Four appearance in 35 years.

“I know I’m a little biased, but I think it’s one of the greatest sports stories ever told,” Bennett said during a gala Friday night at John Paul Jones Arena.

UVA Today reports that Athletics Director Carla Williams met with Bennett to discuss revising his contract to include a raise, but he declined.

“This just does not happen in our industry,” Williams said.

As for the $500,000 pledge for the career-development program, Bennett told UVA Today that the idea was his wife’s.

“She’s always said, ‘Is there something we can do that can make a difference?’ That’s been on her heart and mind, and we’ve talked about it a lot,” he said.

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