The University of Houston board of regents, which is chaired by billionaire restaurateur Tilman Fertitta, has just agreed to offer Cougars football coach Tom Herman a raise to $3 million per season, plus incentives. Herman currently makes $1.35 million per year before incentives. Fertitta said,
“Our Tier One University has a nationally relevant football program, and we will keep it that way. We have seen how students respond to a nationally competitive football program. We understand the link between academics and athletics. Our actions are designed to help the academic mission by increasing our exposure to the entire country.”
By comparison, Herman’s new contract would place him 3rd-highest in Pac-12, 4th ACC, 6th Big Ten, 7th Big 12, and 13th in SEC. [h/t Joseph Duarte].
It looks like Fertitta, Chancellor Khator, and AD Yurachek are serious about making the Cougars a big time college football program and a big time university.
[Edit: I meant to add: Tommy Tuberville of Cincinnati is the current highest-paid Group of Five coach at $2.2 million per season.]