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Holliday 'overtime' report is misleading

Feb. 12, 2013 @ 11:10 PM

HUNTINGTON -- A report listing Marshall University head coach Doc Holliday as having been paid $425,000.08 in overtime is misleading, according to Marshall University officials.

On Tuesday, those officials, including Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick, aimed to clear up the misconception that Holliday received overtime pay, as reported in an article in The Charleston Gazette on Tuesday about an audit presented to lawmakers.

Hamrick stated Holliday's pay includes his base salary and supplemental compensation, which includes his involvement in radio shows, television shows, Big Green events and other university appearances.

"We don't have overtime," Hamrick said. "We can't get overtime in these positions. It is simply supplemental compensation. Our coaches aren't eligible for overtime.

"For anyone to insinuate that they are means they don't know how college coaches are paid. Every Division I coach I know of gets compensated in this fashion."

Holliday's contract includes supplemental compensation provisions based on his involvement with the aforementioned outside appearances associated with being the head coach at Marshall.

Payment for such compensation is in accordance with the contracts agreed upon once he became coach at Marshall University, according to Hamrick.

"He gets a base salary for being the coach here, and all this is supplemental for doing Thursday's radio show, his television show and appearances with the Big Green and other appearances," Hamrick said. "He can't get overtime."

Holliday's contract shows an annual base salary of $175,000. Added annual guarantees include $300,000 for media appearances, including weekly television and radio programs; $100,000 for fundraising efforts on behalf of the Big Green Scholarship Foundation; and $25,000 from the Thunder Club, a Marshall sports booster group.

Some might ask why such a large amount of compensation is not just lumped into the base salaries of the coaches, but the answer is simple.

The base salary is state-funded while the supplemental compensation in question comes from private sources.

In Holliday's case, that supplemental compensation comes from IMG College, which has a contract for multimedia rights for Marshall sports and pays Holliday for his involvement in the radio and television shows, and the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, which compensates Holliday for his fundraising appearances.

That supplemental compensation is filed in West Virginia's Employee Payroll Information Control System (EPICS) as type code 171.

According to Matt Turner, Marshall University's chief of staff, the code title itself indicates it is for "Extra Help and Overtime" but it is used for a variety of payments, including overtime, as well as supplemental lump sum pay items for regular employees, such as Holliday or men's basketball coach Tom Herrion or Marshall President Stephen Kopp -- both of whom were also listed in the article as receiving excessive "overtime" benefits.

"Marshall University, in working with the State Auditor's Office, determined that in order for our payroll systems to share information, this was the best code to use for overtime as well as extra help or supplemental pay," Turner said.

The initial report was part of the West Virginia Legislature's study into Public Employee Insurance Agency (PEIA) premiums and the employees' ability to pay such premiums.

Premiums for PEIA are set forth by tier classifications based on the "insured's ability to pay," as stated in the report.

The study looked into those whose overtime compensation exceeded $5,000 in a year's time and whether such overtime would bump individuals into a different premium tier if base salary and overtime compensation were included in premium payments.

The article reported auditors performed a random sample of 28 employees who had received more than $25,000 in overtime pay and found that if overtime was applied to their salaries, those employees would have paid an additional $40,332 in PEIA premiums, along with $6,575 in deductibles.

That figure does not apply to Holliday, Herrion or Kopp because PEIA premiums are capped at the $125,001 salary level and each of their state-funded salaries exceed that cap.

The university also stated that both the state-funded base salaries of those individuals and the supplemental compensation are both reflected and disclosed publicly through the Auditor's state employees' total compensation website.

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