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Charlie Weis' Salary Structure Shows Kansas Is Committed To Fielding A Winner

That Kansas has agreed to pay new football coach Charlie Weiss $2.5 million a year signals that the Jayhawks want to compete with the best in the conference.

Charlie Weiss, new head football coach at Kansas
Charlie Weiss, new head football coach at Kansas

In addition to agreeing to pay Charlie Weiss $12.5 million over five years, athletic director Sheahon Zenger has confirmed that Kansas will make $2.1 million a year available to their new head football coach for his coaching staff.

Weiss is guaranteed $2.5 million a year for the five years called for in his contract so long as he is not terminated for cause. If the new KU head coach were to choose to walk for any other reason, he would have to pay $2.5 million to buy out his contract.

Terms of Weiss' contract with Kansas also includes a host of incentives, very typical of most college head coaching contracts today.

Weiss' compensation package includes the following incentives:

  • $100,000 for a Big 12 regular-season championship.
  • $50,000 for five Big 12 wins in a season; $10,000 for each additional conference win.
  • $50,000 for participation in a bowl game; a bowl-game win pays an extra $25,000.
  • $100,000 for participation in a BCS bowl; $50,000 more if the Jayhawks were to win a BCS bowl.
  • $75,000 if Weiss is named an Associated Press national coach of the year; $50,000 for Big 12 coach of the year.
  • $200,000 if Kansas were to play in the BCS national championship; $100,000 for a national title.

In comparison with other Big 12 head coaches, Weiss' $2.5 million annual pay at Kansas places him fourth in the conference behind Mack Brown at Texas ($5.2 million), Bob Stoops of Oklahoma ($4.1) and Missouri's Gary Pinkel ($2.7 million), although Missouri is moving to the SEC in 2012.

For more information:

Big 12 Conference official website

More Kansas Jayhawks' sports ne