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Mountaineer Football Coach Signs Six-Year Deal
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: The Associated Press
Reported: Aug. 8, 2012 2:09 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 8, 2012 2:41 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen will earn $2.3 million this season under a new six-year contract, athletic director Oliver Luck said Wednesday.
The Associated Press reports the deal includes $250,000 in base pay and the remainder in supplemental pay from athletic department revenue or private sources. Holgorsen, now in his second year, will receive annual raises of $200,000 in the second and third years of the contract, and $100,000 in the fourth and fifth years.
The agreement also includes performance incentives, including for team academic achievements, regular-season victories, conference titles and postseason bowl appearances. The deal also includes damages clauses should either party decide to end the contract early.
Holgorsen would have earned about $1.7 million this season under the previous contract. Luck said the new compensation terms are in line with the salaries of other Big 12 and major-college coaches' salaries.
WVU left the Big East Conference earlier this year after a messy lawsuit to join the Big 12.
"We have said all along we are going to pay our coach a competitive salary for a very valued and competitive position," Luck said. "I have full confidence in coach Holgorsen and his staff and want them to be with us for a long time."
Texas coach Mack Brown and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops remain the highest-paid coaches in the Big 12, followed by Oklahoma State, TCU and Kansas.
Luck hired Holgorsen in 2010 to eventually replace Bill Stewart as coach. Holgorsen was brought in as offensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting and took over a year early in June 2011 with Stewart's forced resignation.
Holgorsen finished his first season at WVU with a 10-3 record and a Big East championship, as well as a 70-33 victory over Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
The first Big 12 home game is against Baylor on Sept. 29.
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