New Citadel football coach Mike Houston received a five-year contract with an annual base salary of $210,000, with up to $61,000 available in incentive bonuses.
The Citadel released details of the contract Thursday night in response to a Freedom of Information request from The Post and Courier.
Houston, who was hired on Jan. 9, is signed through Feb. 28, 2019. His contract will be automatically extended by one year if the Bulldogs win a majority of their FCS games in a season.
Former coach Kevin Higgins was making a base salary of $229,000 per year when he resigned after nine years at The Citadel to become an assistant coach at Wake Forest.
Houston's contract calls for a three percent raise each year the Bulldogs win seven or more regular-season games.
Incentive bonuses include:
$7,500 for a Southern Conference regular-season title.
$3,500 for a second-place finish in the SoCon.
$2,500 for an NCAA playoff at-large bid.
From $5,000 to $25,000 for advancement in the NCAA playoffs.
$5,000 for being named SoCon coach of the year.
$7.500 for being named NCAA coach of the year.
$3,500 for winning the majority of regular-season games.
Up to $2,500 for the team's multi-year Academic Progress Rate as calculated by the NCAA.
$10,000 if a player earns a Rhodes Scholarship.
The contract includes a buyout clause that would require Houston to pay The Citadel $100,000 if he leaves before Feb. 28, 2015; $75,000 if he leaves before Feb. 28, 2016; $50,000 before Feb. 28, 2017; and $25,000 after Feb. 28, 2017.
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