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Charlie Weis contract finalized

New KU football coach will make $2.5 million per year through 2016

Charlie Weis laughs at the podium as he addresses media members during a news conference in which Weis was announced as the new football coach for KU on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

Charlie Weis laughs at the podium as he addresses media members during a news conference in which Weis was announced as the new football coach for KU on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

December 14, 2011

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The contract for newly named Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has been finalized, and, like the one drawn up for former KU coach Turner Gill in 2009, it does not include a buyout for early termination.

Weis, who has signed on for 5 years, will make $2.5 million per year plus incentives. That’s $12.5 million, guaranteed, whether he coaches one game, one year or all five seasons. The only way Weis would be owed less would be if he were fired for cause.

According to KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger, such a contract is the price you pay for hiring a high-profile coach and is common throughout athletics. If anything, it further condemns the fact that the previous administration offered Gill a similar deal despite being an unproven head coach with a losing record.

“I’m fully aware that was an area of concern on the last contract," Zenger told the Journal-World. "It’s something we don't take lightly. It is typical in today’s world to guarantee the yearly income when dealing with higher profile coaches.”

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Should Weis elect to terminate his contract prior to Dec. 31, 2014, he would owe the university $2.5 million. If he chooses to terminate the deal between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2016 (the end of his contract), he would owe KU $1.5 million.

But Zenger does not foresee either side ending the relationship early and is willing to give Weis the time and resources he needs to make KU a winner. Included in the contract is a clause that makes available at least $2.1 million annually for assistant coaches.

“We believe that Charlie Weis is the right coach at the right time for the University of Kansas," Zenger added. "And we understand it’s going to take time to build this program in the right direction.”

While this kind of clause also is common, it was not written into former KU coach Turner Gill’s deal. Gill, who was fired on Nov. 27 after going 5-19 during his two seasons in Lawrence, signed on for 5 years at $2 million per year and will receive all that is owed to him within 90 days of being fired.

As for Weis, his incentives cover everything from Big 12 victories and bowl appearances to BCS title game appearances and national coach of the year honors.

Here's a look at the incentives included in the contract:

5 Big 12 conference game wins: $50,000

Each additional Big 12 win after 5 wins: $10,000 per game

Big 12 Regular Season Championship: $100,000

Bowl Game participation: $50,000

Bowl Game win: $25,000

BCS Bowl Game participation: $100,000

BCS Bowl Game win: $50,000

AP National Coach of the Year: $75,000

Big 12 Coach of the Year: $50,000

National Championship Game participation: $200,000

National Championship Game win: $100,000

Comments

Robert Rauktis 3 years, 5 months ago

And which war has this guy won?

Wait...what am I thinking? Generals AREN'T paid this lavishly.

uni4ku 3 years, 5 months ago

I've always wondered why a coaches contract has incentives for "doing his job". How about if Coach Weis and staff have a 2-10 season next year and win no Big 12 games, shouldn't they have to "give back" to their employer a percentage of their pay? Here's my deincentive program

LESS THAN 5 BIG 12 WINS -$100,000 PER GAME LOSING TO A TEAM NOT IN D1 -$100,00 (AND EACH POSITION COACH CHIPS IN 1/10TH OF THEIR SALARY)

LOSING TO THE "OTHER" STATE TEAM BY 20 POINTS OR MORE-$250,000 LOSING TO THE SAME TEAM BY 19 POINTS OR LESS -$100,000

THE LIST COULD GO ON AND ON. ITS TIME TO MAKE HIGH PROFILE AND CONSEQUENTLY HIGHLY PAID PROFESSIONALS ACCONTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS IN MORE WAYS THAN JUST SAYING THE STANDARD LINE ABOUT SHOWING IMPROVEMENT AND, TOUGH SCHEDULE, BLAH BLAH BLAH

Armen Kurdian 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm envisioning 4 games next year. Two games we lose by blowouts, competetive in the rest. Would be an improvement from this year. I foresee greater improvements in defense vice offense. I also foresee one of our wins to be an strong upset.

That and $3.50 might get you a mocha capuccino at some Starbuck's, depending on location.

Wayne Propst 3 years, 5 months ago

Is there in incentive payment for hiring his son?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 5 months ago

Yea, it seems like a better way to structure these contracts would be a base contract of $200,000, and incentives for actually winning that would push it up to the $2.5 million range.

But unlike any other sort of government program (except military spending) throwing big money at big-time sports is seen as the way to be more successful than all the other programs that also throw big money at their programs.

stevieboy 3 years, 5 months ago

No worry, he won't be here more than 2 years...IMO

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