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August 8, 2012

WVU, Holgorsen agree on 6-year contract

CHARLESTON (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.

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