Fresno St. hands Hutson $241,000 as “special advisor” in ouster settlement

Fresno State’s former basketball coach will take home a salary for five months of pay that is greater than what nearly every other coach on campus earns in a year.

Former Fresno State men’s basketball head coach Justin Hutson will earn more money over the next five months from the university than almost every other coach on campus. 

Hutson, who is staying on as a special assistant to the athletics department through September, will be paid $241,000 for the role per a settlement agreement he signed with the school last month. 


The backstory: Fresno State moved on from Hutson in March after six up and down seasons, yet the university was ready to fire him last year before he accused the university of discriminating against him because he is Black. 

  • Fresno State kept Hutson on for the final year of his contract, and an independent investigation found that the claims were without merit. 
  • Hutson made nearly $550,000 annually over the last three years of his contract, which was a monthly rate of $45,833. 

The big picture: According to a report from McClatchy, Hutson will earn $48,200 plus benefits for five months of work as a special assistant, a role which allows him to work from home and provide assistance and advice to the basketball program, among other duties. 

  • Hutson and the university agreed in the settlement to not take any legal action against each other. 
  • Fresno State would have its contract with Hutson offset if he takes a job with another university. 

State of play: While Hutson will be earning nearly as much on a monthly basis as he previously was, his total $241,000 pay is only behind football coach Jeff Tedford at $1.6 million and women’s basketball coach Jaime White at $290,000. 

  • Baseball coach Ryan Overland, who currently has the Diamond ‘Dogs in first place in the Mountain West, takes home $160,000, and softball coach Stacy May-Johnson earns $130,000. All other coaches on campus earn less. 
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