A big reason Craig Bohl was wiling to make the move to Wyoming was due to the financial package that Tom Burman helped put together. In January Bohl signed an eight year extension at NDSU with a base salary at $206,000 with a 5% increase each year. Dave Christensen's base salary was $190,008, with bonuses and incentives his salary went up to $1.2M.
This time around Burman structured a contract that has a much higher base salary but still ends up with a total similar to Christensen's. The Casper Star Tribune did a great job of breaking down the structure of the new contract. Every year Bohl is guarenteed to make an additional $50,000 as part of his base salary. There are also incentives for conference wins, bowl games, season tickets and team GPA. Glad to see some academic bonus represented in the contract as well. Christensen did a nice job of raising the team GPA during his tenure and we want to see that trend continue.
Appointment: December 8, 2013 -- December 31, 2018
Annual Base Salary: $300,000
Additional Guaranteed Compensation:
- $450,000 (1/1/14-12/31/14)
- $500,000 (1/1/15-12/31/15)
- $550,000 (1/1/16-12/31/16)
- $600,000 (1/1/17-12/31/17)
- $650,000 (1/1/18-12/31/18)
Annual Incentive Compensation:
- $20,000 per MWC victory (max of $160,000 annually)
- One month base salary for bowl game selection or MWC Conference Championship
- $25,000 for Top 25 BCS finish
Annual Speaker and Appearance Fee: $50,000
Annual Season Ticket Incentive:
- $0 -- Under 5,000 season tickets sold
- $20,000 -- 5,000 to 5,999 season tickets sold
- $30,000 -- 6,000 to 6,999 season tickets sold
- $40,000 -- 7,000 to 7,999 season tickets sold
- $50,000 -- 8,000 to 8,999 season tickets sold
- $60,000 -- 9,000 to 9,999 season tickets sold
- $70,000 -- 10,000 or more season tickets sold
Annual Academic Incentive:
- $0 -- Cumulative team GPA below a 2.5
- $25,000 -- Cumulative team GPA between a 2.5 and a 2.69
- $40,000 -- Cumulative team GPA between a 2.7 and a 2.79
- $50,000 -- Cumulative team GPA greater than or equal to a 2.8
Monthly Housing Allowance: $750
The $750 housing cracks me up. I bet that was the clincher for the Bohl.
As part of his agreement, Bohl negotiated an additional $160,000 to be added to the pool for assistant coaches and $100,000 added to the recruiting budget. With so many coaches coming with him from North Dakota State it will be easy to make that extra money go far. His staff will already be receiving pay raises simply be moving to Wyoming who has a much larger football budget. The extra money will be icing on the cake. In other good staff news, Coach Kaligis is going to be retained as part of the new staff. The "bald bull" of the Cowboys staff has been very popular with the players over these last five years and was the interim coach last year when Christensen was serving his one game suspension.
An increase in the recruiting budget is important and much needed. That line item is really key to the success of the program. Bringing in quality players that can be developed into tough Cowboys will be vital. The Pokes have talent on both sides of the ball coming back next year. Increasing the depth and developing the talent will be key to winning at Wyoming.
So far the player reaction looks to be very positive. This transition process may not be an easy one for all the Cowboys. Hope the entire team is willing to buy in like Eddie Yarbrough.