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(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) USU head football coach Matt Wells at Romney Stadium in Logan, Thursday, August 1, 2013.
Utah State football: Wells gets contract extension
College football » New deal could pay $800,000 annually with incentives
First Published Apr 10 2014 02:43 pm • Last Updated Apr 12 2014 06:39 pm

Matt Wells has is getting a raise

Utah State University athletics director Scott Barnes announced Thursday a contract extension for Wells. The revised contract will keep Wells at USU through the 2018 season.

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Along with Wells’ contract extension, the new deal also calls for continued salary increases for all of his assistant coaches.

"Matt had a great first year leading our football program. His commitment to our student-athletes has been tremendous and they’ve responded with great results in the classroom and on the field," said Barnes. "Matt has deep roots here as a former Aggie quarterback and he conveys his passion for our great university on a daily basis."

Barnes said Wells’ new deal could pay over $800,000 annually with incentives and includes guaranteed step increases in each year of his contract.

"I’m very appreciative of the support shown by President Stan Albrecht and Scott Barnes in our staff and myself," said Wells. "We are motivated daily to continue the culture that has been set here at Utah State in the football program and we will continue to strive toward our goals of graduating our student-athletes on time, and competing for and winning Mountain West Championships."

Wells wasted little time putting his stamp on the Aggie football program in his first season as head coach in 2013 as he led Utah State to the inaugural Mountain West Championship game after winning the Mountain Division of the conference with a 7-1 record. Wells also led Utah State to just its third-ever bowl victory as it posted a 21-14 win against No. 24 Northern Illinois in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

For his efforts, Wells was named the 2013 Mountain West Coach of the Year as he set the school record for wins by a first-year head coach as the Aggies finished the 2013 season with a 9-5 mark, tying the 1960 and 1961 teams for




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