State Board documents detail Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin’s contract, assistants’ pay

By Chadd Cripe
© 2014 Idaho Statesman

New Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin’s five-year contract includes a rollover provision that will allow him to earn an automatic one-year extension each time the Broncos win at least nine games in a season, including the postseason.

Predecessor Chris Petersen had a rollover provision for eight wins but did not get to count the postseason.

Harsin’s contract, which will be reviewed by the State Board of Education at its meeting Thursday in Boise, also includes a $200,000-per-year licensing agreement with Bryan Harsin Enterprises for likeness and image rights. Boise State began separating the licensing rights from its main contract with Petersen in 2012.

Harsin’s five-year contract includes $6.5 million in guaranteed income (plus $83,000 for his first month on the job), including the licensing deal. It matches the proposal outlined in the term sheet he signed when he was hired. His salary ranges from $1 million in 2014 and 2015 to $1.3 million in 2016, $1.55 million in 2017 and $1.65 million in 2018.

Harsin can receive one of the following bonuses:

$15,000, division title
$35,000, bowl appearance
$50,000, conference title
$75,000, College Football Playoff host bowl
$100,000, College Football Playoff semifinal

He also can receive one of the following:

$150,000, CFP championship game
$250,000, CFP championship

He has a $30,000 academic bonus for an Academic Progress Rate of 955 or higher. Boise State has been posting an APR well above that for years.

Harsin’s buyout, as specified in the term sheet, is $2 million through the 2015 season. It drops to $1.75 million in the third year of his contract and $500,000 in the fourth year.

You can read the contract here and the licensing agreement here.


The State Board documents also list salaries for the nine full-time assistant coaches, which had not been released previously. They are (or see the spreadsheet here):

Marcel Yates, defensive coordinator: $317,500.

Mike Sanford, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks: $305,000.

Scott Huff, offensive line: $270,000.

Kent Riddle, special teams/running backs/associate head coach: $250,000.

Steve Caldwell, defensive line/assistant head coach: $220,000.

Andy Avalos, linebackers: $210,000.

Eliah Drinkwitz, tight ends: $160,000.

Junior Adams, wide receivers: $160,000.

Julius Brown, defensive backs: $160,000.

Based on the USA Today salary database, here are the raises the coaches received based on their 2013 pay:

Yates: $9,300

Sanford: Unavailable (he worked at Stanford, a private school)

Huff: $7,379

Riddle: $6,867

Caldwell: $135,000

Avalos: $60,006

Drinkwitz: $87,800

Adams: Unavailable (he worked at Eastern Washington, an FCS school)

Brown: $90,000

Note the huge difference in pay for the coaches who moved over from Arkansas State, with the exception of Riddle.


Support staff salaries:

Brian Wilkinson, director of football operations: $72,500

Blake Baker, director of player personnel (has left and been replaced by Taylor Tharp): $65,000

Antwon Murray, assistant director of player personnel: $45,000

Brad Larrondo, assistant athletic director for football, $71,511.

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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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