Utah coach Kyle Whittingham earned himself and his program respect and national attention by coaching the 2008 Utes to a BCS victory when the Utes defeated Alabama 31-17 in the Sugar Bowl.
If he does it again, he'll earn even more, a $100,000 bonus. He also stands to gain an upgrade in Utah's facilities.
A bonus for a BCS bowl win and a construction deadline were just two of the inclusions in Whittingham's new, five-year contract worth $1.2 million annually. Whittingham's new contract was announced Dec. 29 in New Orleans.
The details were acquired by The Salt Lake Tribune through an open records request.
The contract states that in the event the university has not commenced construction on new or significantly remodeled football office facilities by March 1, 2011, all of the payout amounts Whittingham would owe the university if he voluntarily terminates his employment would be reduced by half. The exception is if he leaves Utah in order to assume another coaching position in the Mountain West Conference -- then he must pay the university the full $600,000.
The payouts he would owe Utah to take another position in the MWC would also entail an additional $300,000 for each additional year remaining on the original agreement if the termination occurs on or before Dec. 31, 2010. The buyout would be $200,000 for each additional year if the termination occurs after that date. If he terminates his contract for any other reason, he must pay the university $200,000 for each year.
Utah athletic director Chris Hill said there is no time frame for the improvements on the football offices, but noted that Whittingham felt strongly about the remodel. Hill said the idea is to expand the offices and upgrade facilities such as the film room in the Dee Glen Smith Center, which opened in 1991.
"It's something he has wanted and it's something I want too," Hill said. "It's something we've planned to do."
Hill said the remodel is considered a separate project from the expansion the training facility is undergoing, thanks to a $500,000 donation by former quarterback Alex Smith.
Whittingham's new contract, which eclipses his old deal worth $681,120 annually, gives Whittingham a base salary of $200,000, up from $186,120.
His radio and television revenue increased from $120,000 to $270,000.
Evidently the exposure he has received this season has made him more valuable in the public realm. His appearance fees, public speaking engagements and fundraising compensation jumped from $375,000 to $605,000.
In addition, the contract tweaked his academic-based incentives for his team by giving him bonuses based on academic progress rates and graduation success rates in relation to other schools, not just based on his team's graduation rate as in years past.
His new contract calls for the university to provide him a car just as his old contract did; however, he now receives $400 a month additionally toward the rent/purchase/operation of a car.
Gone from his contract is the $25,000 maximum amount the university previously gave him for travel and entertainment to his family and friends to attend games or other athletically related events.
If the university terminates his contract, it will owe him $750,000 for each year remaining under the original agreement and $200,000 for each extension year earned under the agreement.
Whittingham also receives financial compensation from Under Armour, the team's apparel sponsor.
» One-year extension for each season Utah wins nine regular-season games or six league games (same as previous contract)
» $200,000 if team plays in BCS bowl game (same as previous contract)
» Amount equal to two months base salary for playing in any other bowl game (same as previous contract)
» $60,000 if team wins MWC outright (up from $50,000)
» $100,000 if team wins a BCS bowl game (new)
» $15,000 if team's academic progress rate is in top 70 percent of FBS (new)
» $10,000 if team's APR is in top 60 percent of FBS (new)
» $5,000 if team's APR is in the top 50 percent of FBS (new)
» $15,000 if team's graduation success rate is in top 70 percent of FBS (new)
» $10,000 if team's GSR is in top 60 percent of FBS (new)
» $5,000 if team's GSR is in top 50 percent of FBS (new)
» $50,000 if team is listed in Top 25 in year-end AP or coaches' poll (same as previous contract)
» $10,000 if team is listed in the Top 25 of either poll at any time during the year (new)
» $75,000 if he is named National Coach of the Year (up from $50,000)
» $30,000 if he is named MWC Coach of the Year (up from $20,000)
» 75 percent off tuition for college-eligible children (up from half-tuition)
» Automobile provided, plus $400 a month stipend for car (new)