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Washington Extends Neuheisel's Contract To 2008
Release: 09/03/2002
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Sept. 3, 2002

Washington athletic director Barbara Hedges announced today that Husky football coach Rick Neuheisel's contract has been amended to include an extension to Jan. 1, 2008. At that time, additional incentives could extend the fourth-year Husky coach's contract for an additional five years to 2013.

Neuheisel is currently in the fourth year of a five-year contract.

Neuheisel was named Washington's head football coach on Jan. 9, 1999. In August of that year he signed his initial five-year contract that included total possible compensation of $997,000. Under the terms of that agreement, the contract could have been extended by two additional years by mutual agreement of both Neuheisel and the University.

Under his original contract, Neuheisel's annual base salary was $225,000. His total University compensation was $812,000. His outside compensation was $85,000 and possible performance incentives totaled $100,000.

In September of 2001 Hedges announced modifications of Neuheisel's original contract to include an increase in his base salary and increased academic and bowl incentives. His total university compensation was $1,212,000, including a base salary of $425,000. Additional incentives for possible academic performance and bowl game appearances totaled $250,000.

In addition to extending the length of his contract to 2008, Hedges announced several additional compensation elements to the amended contract:

  • University, using athletic department resources, to loan Rick Neuheisel $1.5 million for the six-year period of the amended contract
  • Rick Neuheisel to pay semi-annual interest payments to University, at a rate of five percent per annum
  • If Rick Neuheisel leaves the University prior to January 1, 2008, the entire loan amount of $1.5 million will be repaid.
  • If Rick Neuheisel remains as the head football coach as of January 1, 2008, the full amount of the loan will be forgiven.
  • If, at the end of this agreement in 2008, Rick Neuheisel agrees to another five-year extension, Neuheisel will receive an additional $1 million bonus. I
  • f he should leave his position as head football coach prior to the end of this additional five-year period, the amount of the bonus will be due and payable to the University according to the following schedule:
  • If Neuheisel stays less than one year, the full amount will be repaid.
  • If Neuheisel stays less than two years but more than one year, $800,000 will be repaid.
  • If Neuheisel stays less than three years but more than two years, $600,000 will be repaid.
  • If Neuheisel stays less than four years but more than three years, $400,000 will be repaid.
  • If Neuheisel stays less than five years but more than four years, $200,000 will be repaid.
  • Amount of liquidated damages in the event of a breach by Neuheisel are increased from $100,000 to $600,000
  • Neuheisel will partner with the Director of Athletics to raise a minimum of $500,000 per year for the athletics department

    "I have been working with Coach Neuheisel since last fall to extend the number of years on his contract," Hedges said. "Rick wants to remain at the University of Washington for a long time and we feel these amendments will help to make that a reality. Without changing the salary compensation that we amended in September of 2001, I wanted to add some security to our agreement. I feel these changes give the longevity to the contract that we both desire."

    "At the risk of repeating myself, I have said all along my desire is to be the head football coach at Washington," Neuheisel said. "I appreciate all of the efforts that Barbara Hedges has made to make the coaching position at Washington one of the best in the nation. I love being a Husky and I look forward to working at Washington for many years to come."

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