CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — 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 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.
One area spells out reasons Holgorsen can be fired. They include being convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving "moral turpitude," a plea of no contest, and if he is involved in substance abuse or habitual drunkenness.
Five months after he came to West Virginia and a month before taking over for Bill Stewart, an intoxicated Holgorsen was escorted out of a casino, but no charges were filed.
Holgorsen also would have to pay a $2 million penalty if he leaves before the contract expires.
Until now, Holgorsen had been working under a term sheet he signed when he was hired and would have earned about $1.7 million this season. Luck said the new compensation terms are in line with 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 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.
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