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Board OKs Hudspeth's contract

Associated Press Published: April 25, 2012

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Mike Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette's football coach, has received a new five-year contract.

The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors extended Hudspeth's contract Tuesday in a show of support for his performance since taking over the program in December 2010. Inheriting a team that went 3-9 that season, Hudspeth guided the Ragin' Cajuns to a 9-4 mark in 2011

Hudspeth had four years remaining on the contract he signed when he was hired. That deal paid him $350,000 a year, including a base salary of $175,000. The base salary remains the same in the new contract, but the annual value improves to $750,000.

Hudspeth can also earn up to $105,000 a year in incentive bonuses, based on the team's performance on the field and in the classroom, and for game attendance.