Harsin’s deal: $6.5 million, five years

In other news: Vandal, Bronco named All-Americans, and the latest on BSU TV ratings.

sports@idahostatesman.com © 2013 Idaho StatesmanDecember 13, 2013 

NEXT UP FOR BILETNIKOFF WINNER? BOISE STATE Oregon State junior Brandin Cooks on Thursday won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s most outstanding wide receiver. Cooks was presented with the award during the 23rd College Football Awards Show at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He becomes the second winner from Oregon State, joining Mike Hass from 2005. Cooks finished the season with 120 catches for 1,670 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also had 31 receptions of more than 20 yards, most in the country among wide receivers. That all helped lead Oregon State to a spot in the Hawaii Bowl against Boise State on Dec. 24. Cooks beat out fellow finalists Mike Evans from Texas A&M and Sammy Watkins of Clemson.

Boise State’s new football coach will make less than half as much money as its previous coach.

Bryan Harsin’s terms sheet, released to the Idaho Statesman late Thursday afternoon, includes a $1 million salary and $2 million buyout for the first two years — likely concessions because of the huge buyout the school covered to hire him.

Harsin’s total guaranteed compensation will be $6.5 million over five years. That doesn’t include the $1.75 million that Boise State will provide Harsin to settle his buyout with Arkansas State.

Harsin, hired Wednesday, will be introduced formally at 11 a.m. Friday. He still must negotiate a complete contract, which will be subject to State Board of Education approval. He made $700,000 per year at Arkansas State.

Harsin replaces Chris Petersen, who left for Washington last Friday. Petersen was scheduled to make $2.348 million in 2014 and $2.548 million in 2015.

So Boise State is saving $2.896 million in the first two years of Harsin’s contract. It also will receive $750,000 from Washington to cover Petersen’s buyout. That more than makes up for the buyout to Arkansas State.

Harsin’s salary increases to $1.3 million in 2016, $1.55 million in 2017 and $1.65 million in 2018. His buyout drops to $1.75 million in 2016 and $500,000 in 2017.

The way it’s structured, the deal likely will be replaced within three years if Harsin is successful.

The term sheet also included a budget of $2.2 million for Harsin’s nine full-time assistants. That’s a small decrease from the $2,436,390 allotted for Petersen’s staff in 2013, according to USA Today’s salary database.

The staff pay still will be by far the most in the Mountain West. Colorado State’s Jim McElwain is the Mountain West’s highest-paid returning coach at $1.35 million.

Bronco, Vandal named All-Americans

Boise State junior defensive end Demarcus Lawrence was named to the second team by the Walter Camp Foundation. He’s the first Boise State All-American since left tackle Nate Potter earned consensus honors in 2011. Lawrence has 10.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss this season.

Idaho freshman punter Austin Rehkow made the first team. He leads the nation with a 47.8-yard average. He’s the eighth freshman to make the first team in the Walter Camp team’s 124-year history.

Broncos’ TV ratings

Boise State’s game with Fresno State on Friday, Sept. 20 on ESPN attracted the largest audience for any Bronco game in 2013, according to SportsMediaWatch.com. The website tracks the ratings for all nationally televised college football games.

Fresno State’s 41-40 victory attracted 2.12 million viewers and a 1.3 percent share.

Friday night games on ESPN also brought the Broncos’ second- and third-largest audiences. Boise State-Air Force attracted 2.0 million viewers and a 1.3 percent share. Boise State-BYU drew a 1.97 million viewers and a 1.2 percent share.

Boise State’s other nationally televised games attracted smaller audiences: at Washington on Fox Sports 1 (710,000 viewers, 0.4 share); vs. Southern Miss on ESPNU (329,000 viewers, 0.2 share); vs. Wyoming on ESPN2 (603,000 viewers, 0.4 share); vs. New Mexico on ESPN2 (453,000 viewers, 0.3 share).

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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