Here is Wyoming coach Craig Bohl's "general contract overview." Media members were given this release at Bohl's introductory press conference on Sunday.

Appointment: December 8, 2013 -- December 31, 2018

Annual Base Salary: $300,000

Additional Guaranteed Compensation:

  • $450,000 (1/1/14-12/31/14)
  • $500,000 (1/1/15-12/31/15)
  • $550,000 (1/1/16-12/31/16)
  • $600,000 (1/1/17-12/31/17)
  • $650,000 (1/1/18-12/31/18)

Annual Incentive Compensation:

  • $20,000 per MWC victory (max of $160,000 annually)
  • One month base salary for bowl game selection or MWC Conference Championship
  • $25,000 for Top 25 BCS finish

Annual Speaker and Appearance Fee: $50,000

Annual Season Ticket Incentive:

  • $0 -- Under 5,000 season tickets sold
  • $20,000 -- 5,000 to 5,999 season tickets sold
  • $30,000 -- 6,000 to 6,999 season tickets sold
  • $40,000 -- 7,000 to 7,999 season tickets sold
  • $50,000 -- 8,000 to 8,999 season tickets sold
  • $60,000 -- 9,000 to 9,999 season tickets sold
  • $70,000 -- 10,000 or more season tickets sold

Annual Academic Incentive:

  • $0 -- Cumulative team GPA below a 2.5
  • $25,000 -- Cumulative team GPA between a 2.5 and a 2.69
  • $40,000 -- Cumulative team GPA between a 2.7 and a 2.79
  • $50,000 -- Cumulative team GPA greater than or equal to a 2.8

Monthly Housing Allowance: $750


NOTE: Based on these figures, the absolute most Bohl could make in 2014 is $1,105,750. That cap increases by $50,000 every year after that.

What do you think, Wyoming fans? Anything stick out to you? Let's talk about it in the comments section below.

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I come up with $1,130,750 as max for 2014. Did you add in one month base salary for bowl or MWC championship?

I just counted again and came up with the same number. Regardless, math is hard.


I am so glad that UW finally came up with the compensation it will take to compete in today's football environment. Thank you to all those who made this decision. There will be some criticism but I'm thankful that the administration had to courage to take this step.

Go pokes!


I'm all for education first, but this is what it will take to compete. I assume the guaranteed annual has the $300K base salary to protect UW in case of early contract termination.


My questions would go beyond the head coach's contract. How much support does he have to hire a full coaching staff and the necessary "attendants?" Is there funding to accomplish the necessary recruiting? Will the training and medical staff be brought up to the level found in competitive programs? Can these funds be obtained without stripping money from sports that do not create the revenue stream? Even in the strongest conferences, there are differences between the haves and the have nots, and these gaps are often greater than salaries for the head coach.

$160,000 more has been put in assistant coach's salary pool, $100,000 more in recruiting budget. Certainly not a fix-all, but a start. And Burman has said he's going to unveil a strategic plan for the athletic department in January, so hopefully we know more at that point.


How many assistant coaches? According to the consultant report, these coaches are paid well bellow the median for the MWC.

Kool Kat
Kool Kat

Attn Mike, the Athletic Dept. can get away with that the first season and maybe ever the second season. But, should this guy blossom from an unknown to a superstar, consistently for two years in a row?
Then I'd suggest renewing his contract at $2 million annually with bowl births at the minimum of a Las Vegas Bowl. That way Wyoming's share of the Vegas Bowl could cover half of that salary, with the clause that should Wyoming without post season, his base $300k will be realized.

And should Wyoming find a "diamond in the rough" with Bohl? Then renegotiate his contract binding him to Wyoming or face a law suit with every $ dollar spent on him. Then, fire Burman.
This is looking more like a Mickey Mouse contract - but then again, he's an unknown and Wyoming could end up with another Joe Glenn. Good looking in the FCS but, a laugher in Division I football with more wasted attempts of recruiting coaches.

Triple BB
Triple BB

Can only imagine that $750 housing allowance was the deal breaker. Without it Bohl was saying no way, I'm staying in No Dak.

And Burman continues his reign as head sports clown...


Come on everyone, can't you see what is going down. Nebraska approached Bohl and said they were going to fire Pellinin next year and they wanted him to be their next coach, but they wanted him to have some experience at the FBS level. Hence, Bohl took the Wyoming job as Nebraska couldn't hire a FCS guy to be their head coach. Bohl had just signed an 8 year contract at NDSU and said he was a "lifer". He did not break that promise just to come to Wyoming. Fred Akers? Dennis Erickson? What type of buyout is in his contract if he leaves early?

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