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Paul Petrino to get at least $390K at Idaho

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm •  Published: December 4, 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — New Idaho head coach Paul Petrino will be paid at least $390,000 annually in a three-year contract approved by the Idaho State Board of Education.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the package for Petrino, who was the offensive coordinator at Arkansas until taking the Vandals job.

Petrino also stands to gain from successfully rebuilding an Idaho program that's in tatters following a 1-11 season that included former coach Robb Akey's firing after eight games.

With bonuses for bowl games, Top 25 rankings and academic achievement, among other things, he could earn as much as $546,713.

With his base salary of $175,000, Petrino stands to earn about $15,000 more annually than Akey.

Petrino's contract could be extended to a fourth and fifth year if Idaho averages at least 10,000 paying fans at home.

Petrino's final season at Arkansas was a tumultuous one.

His brother, Bobby Petrino, was fired for hiring his mistress to a position in the athletic department and initially lying about her presence during an April 1 motorcycle accident.

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