Report: Louisville's Bobby Petrino set to collect $500,000 academic bonus

1:02 | SI Wire
Bobby Petrino's unique bonus
Wednesday November 12th, 2014

Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino is set to collect a $500,000 bonus for the football program's academic performance, even though he was not employed at the school during the time the school is basing the bonus on, reports’s Darren Rovell.

The bonus is based on the Academic Progress Rate (APR), which the NCAA says is a "team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete, each term.”

College Football
Bowl Projections: Alabama poised to make College Football Playoff push?

Louisville sports information director Kenny Klein told Rovell that the school is still determining scores for the fall semester of 2013.

Louisville hired Petrino in January after Charlie Strong left to take the head coaching job at the University of Texas. Petrino’s contract states that the school will pay him a bonus this month if the football program’s collective APR is above 935.

Strong only had a $50,000 bonus if the program’s APR was above 950, according to the report.

This academic year, institutions must have a 930 four-year average APR or a two-year 940 average to be eligible for postseason play.

Petrino is making a reported $3 million this season in his second stint at the school. He coached the program from 2003-06, before leaving to coach the Atlanta Falcons.

Louisville (7-3, 5-3 ACC), which next plays Notre Dame on Nov. 22, is in its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, after spending one season in the American Athletic Conference.

- Scooby Axson

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.