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Craig Bohl's $300,000 smile
North Dakota State head football coach Craig Bohl, already the highest-paid coach in school history, received a raise Monday that puts him on par with top university administrators.
NDSU reworked a seven-year deal Bohl signed in 2005. It includes an unprecedented ticket sales compensation clause that gives Bohl 3 percent of all gross single-game and season-ticket sales. In all, he could earn more than $300,000 if NDSU wins a national championship.
Breaking down the deal
NDSU head football coach Craig Bohl is all smiles Monday while talking about the upcoming season.
- The basics: Bohl’s base salary of $174,000 is a 20 percent raise from last year.
- On the air: The coach will receive $60,000 from appearances on radio shows and his Sunday television show. Bohl previously negotiated his own media fee, but NDSU took the radio rights in-house last year.
- Going camping: The coach will receive at least $5,000 from the NDSU summer football camp.
- Personal appearances: Bohl will get $5,000 total for speaking at alumni association and foundation events.
- Just win, baby: Performance bonuses include $10,000 for a Missouri Valley Football Conference title, $5,000 for hosting a playoff game and $20,000 for a national title.
- Tickets: The unknown factor is the ticket sales clause. Considering NDSU averaged 18,141 fans last year, and season-ticket sales are up this year, a conservative estimate at $15 per ticket puts that at least $30,000. Athletic director Gene Taylor figures it will end up somewhere between $25,000 and $40,000.
By Jeff Kolpack