Boise State will take contract upgrades for the football coaching staff to the State Board of Education in February, Athletic Director Mark Coyle said this week.
He didn’t provide details because they haven’t been considered by the board yet.
The board is scheduled to meet Feb. 18-19 at Boise State. Agenda materials, including proposed contracts, usually are made public a few days before the meeting.
Coach Bryan Harsin said last month at the Fiesta Bowl that his focus was rewarding his assistants. He negotiated a $2.2 million salary pool for his nine full-time assistants when he accepted the job. He used $2.05 million in 2014, a total that ranked just outside the top 50 nationally and was the largest for any member of the Group of Five conferences, according to USA Today’s salary database.
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“(Coyle) is completely on board with taking care of our assistants,” Harsin said in December, “and getting those guys basically what their value is — as much as we can — and not assuming that because they’re a guy who played at Boise State that that’s good enough. To me, the key is keeping our staff here. Our coaches have done a great job. We want to make this the best opportunity available to all of our coaches.”
Harsin’s salary ranked 72nd in the nation in 2014, according to the USA Today database. He accepted a five-year contract with relatively low salaries in the first two years ($1 million per year, increasing to $1.3 million in 2016) because Boise State paid a $1.75 million buyout to Arkansas State to get him.
“My situation is good,” Harsin said. “ I didn’t want (the buyout) to be the reason why I didn’t have an opportunity to come back, so what we worked out is a good deal for me and my family and it’s a good deal for Boise State. Right now, it’s about taking care of our assistant coaches and making sure that the monies that we do have go back into the program.”
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