Washington Enhances Neuheisel's Contract

Sept. 3, 2001

SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington athletic director Barbara Hedges today announced modifications to the contract for Husky head football coach Rick Neuheisel. The changes include an increase in Neuheisel's base salary and increased academic and bowl incentives.

The University's compensation of Neuheisel's contract will be $1,212,000 for the 2001 season. Neuheisel's initial contract, announced in August of 1999, included total compensation of $997,000. Neuheisel's base salary in 1999 was $225,000. The amended contract includes a base salary of $425,000.

In addition to his University compensation, Neuheisel's contract includes Academic Performance and Bowl incentives.

Under the terms of the Academic Performance Incentive, Neuheisel would receive $60,000 if student-athletes in the football program exhausting their eligibility, graduate at a rate of 75 percent. He would receive an additional $40,000 if that rate reaches 90 percent or higher.

If Washington qualifies for a non-Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl game, he will receive $40,000. If the Huskies play in a BCS Bowl, he will receive $100,000. If the team participates in the BCS Championship Game, he will receive $150,000.

'Rick has done a tremendous job in his first two years at Washington and I felt it was appropriate to make these modifications to his contract,' Hedges said. 'I think we have one of the very best college football coaches in the country and we want to compensate him accordingly.'

Neuheisel is currently in the third year of a five-year contract that may be extended two additional years by mutual agreement of both Neuheisel and the University.

Revenue from Washington's athletic department will fund the increases in Neuheisel's contract. The Husky athletic department does not receive any University or state funds or student fees.

Washington hired Neuheisel on Jan. 9, 1999. During his first two seasons at Washington he has led the Huskies to an 18-6 record and two bowl appearances. His 2000 team won the Pac-10 Conference Championship and defeated Purdue in the Rose Bowl. The Huskies finished 11-1, the second best season in school history, and was ranked third in both final major wire service polls.

The Huskies open their 2001 season on Sept. 8 at home against Michigan. The game will be nationally televised by ABC Sports at 12:30 p.m. PT.

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