AUSTIN, Texas (AP) College of Texas System regents on Thursday permitted a six-year, $34.2 million assured contract for brand new soccer coach Steve Sarkisian.
The regents additionally permitted greater than $21 million in assured contracts for Sarkisian’s employees. Three of his prime assistants received three-year assured contracts price greater than $1 million yearly. The best-paid in that group can be defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski at $1.7 million per 12 months.
Sarkisian was employed in early January to interchange Tom Herman, who was fired three seasons and greater than $15 million left on his assured contract. Herman went 32-18 in 4 seasons however had didn’t win a Massive 12 championship and was embroiled in a campus controversy over some gamers’ refusal to sing the varsity track “The Eyes of Texas.”
Sarkisian, who has the robust backing of Board of Regents Chairman Kevin Eltife, has stated his gamers will sing the track “proudly.”
Sarkisian, 46, is a former head coach at Washington and Southern California, and was the offensive coordinator the final two seasons at Alabama, which gained the 2020 nationwide championship.
His beginning wage at Texas can be $5.2 million, escalating to $6.2 million within the ultimate 12 months.
Sarkisian’s contract additionally consists of 20 hours use of a personal airplane yearly, $250,000 in relocation bills, an a one-time fee of $1.2 million on Dec. 31, 2024 if he’s nonetheless the Texas coach. The contract additionally consists of non-guaranteed annual efficiency incentives price practically $1 million.
Sarkisian is Texas’ fourth head coach for the reason that program’s final Massive 12 championship in 2009. Since then, Texas has fired Mack Brown – the one coach to guide this system to a nationwide championship (2005) in 50 years – Charlie Sturdy and Herman.
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