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Boise State Athletics implementing furlough, pay reductions

Staff members who make more than $40,00 per year will be affected by the department's cost-saving measures.

BOISE, Idaho — Boise State Athletics is implementing a second round of furloughs and compensation reductions due to COVID-19, the department announced on Wednesday.

The university says that budget challenges remain an issue following the postponement of the 2020 fall sports season.

While furloughs will range from four to 12 weeks, compensation reductions will affect all 120 employees making over $40,000.

“As we’ve seen throughout the country, these are decisions that most, if not all, athletic departments are facing as a result of this pandemic,” Director of Athletics Curt Apsey said. “Our staff is what makes Boise State so incredibly special and I feel for everyone who has to make these sacrifices. But in order to sustain a championship-caliber program going forward, these reductions are necessary.”

Employees making $40,000-$74,999 will receiving a 8% reductions. There are four total tiers of compensation reductions based on annual salary. Those making more than $150,000 annually will take a 15% salary reduction.

Overall, these measure will save the department roughly $1.8 million.

Compensation Reduction Bases on Annual Salary

  • $40,000-74,999: 8%
  • $75,000-99,999: 10%
  • $100-149,999: 12.5%
  • $150,000K+: 15.0%

Boise State head football coach Bryan Harsin was scheduled to make $1.65 million in 2020. That means his compensation will be reduce by approximately $250,000 over the next calendar year.

All of the coaches affiliated with the Boise State football program have opted to do compensation reductions instead of furloughs, a university sports person tells KTVB.

Boise State initially implement a round of furloughs back in April.

“I’m grateful for the resiliency and thoughtfulness of our staff in this difficult time,” said Boise State President Dr. Marlene Tromp. “We have one of the premier athletic programs in the country, and we will focus on rebounding in a way that brings the Broncos charging back.”

The university did not have to eliminate any positions today, according to a university spokesperson.