Raises, extensions for Boise State, Idaho men’s basketball coaches

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

The State Board of Education will consider new contracts for Boise State men’s basketball coach Leon Rice and Idaho men’s basketball coach Don Verlin during its meetings Wednesday and Thursday in Twin Falls.

• Boise State:  After guiding the Broncos to their first-ever NCAA Tournament at-large berth, coach Leon Rice’s salary in 2013 will be $482,110 under terms of a new five-year contract. Rice made $400,000 per season under terms of his original contract.

The new deal includes a 3 percent raise each season, a signing bonus of $10,875, automatic one-year extension for a 20-win season and the potential to earn money from non-conference road games. If the game guarantee is greater than $50,000, Rice and his assistants can earn additional money, according to the contract.

Rice, 56-41 in three seasons with the Broncos, signed a five-year contract in 2010. It was extended one year when the Broncos moved from the Western Athletic Conference to the Mountain West. The new contract includes a $175,000 buyout if Rice were to leave.

• Idaho: Coach Don Verlin, 81-78 in five seasons in Moscow, will get a one-year extension under terms of a new three-year deal.

His previous contract ran through the 2015 season. This agreement, which includes a raise to $156,832 for the 2013-14 season in addition to $60,000 in media payments, runs through the 2016 season.

Verlin is also due a 4 percent raise each year of the contract, bonuses for academic and athletic achievement and money for gate receipts in excess of $35,000. The contract calls for an automatic one-year extension each time Idaho wins 15 games against Division I opponents in a season.

Idaho went 12-18 in 2012-13 after reaching the postseason in three of Verlin’s first four years.

Sports columnist Brian Murphy writes about all sports in the Treasure Valley with a concentration on Boise State football and men's basketball. Murph has been with the Statesman since 2005. You can follow him on Twitter @MurphsTurph.

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