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EWU head football coach Aaron Best announces he is taking a 10% pay cut

Best says the pay cut is indefinite and is due to the coronavirus pandemic, not the university's budget issues.
Credit: AP
Eastern Washington head coach Aaron Best looks on against Washington in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

CHENEY, Wash. — Aaron Best announced on Twitter Thursday night that he is taking an indefinite 10% pay cut "to better the welfare of our University, athletic department, football program, and students assistants."

He also said in the post that he is taking these steps "to do my part for our University and athletic department."

In 2018, Best made a base salary of $192,300. Ten percent of that would be $19,230. It is unknown currently what Best's salary was in 2019 or in 2020.

Best clarified in a second tweet that his reduction in salary is due to the coronavirus pandemic, and not the school's recent issue involving some members of the faculty wanting the athletic department to cut their budget. 

In February, an Eastern Washington University Faculty Senate committee issued a report suggesting that the university make severe cuts to its athletic programs, even going as far to suggest possibility cutting the whole department.

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