Tom Herman signs new contract as University of Houston sends message to the country.

via Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Houston head football coach has signed a contract extension which will raise his base salary to $2.8 million per season (not counting bonuses). Herman is due to receive a $5 million bonus if the Cougars are accepted into a Power 5 conference [hat tip to reader Garett for correcting me on the bonus info]

The biggest news about this deal is that the University of Houston is showing the rest of the country that the school is fully committed to building a quality athletic program. In addition to committing serious money towards Coach Herman and his staff, the university has also spent or committed to spend a considerable about of money improving our athletic facilities. We have the gorgeous new TDECU Stadium and the new Guy V. Lewis Basketball Development Center. In the near future Hofheinz will be renovated and the school will soon build an indoor football practice facility and football-only weight room.

The university power brokers are all on board in taking this university to the next level. Tilman Fertitta (chairman of the UH board of regents), Renu Khator (President and Chancellor), and Hunter Yurachek (Athletics Director) are all in-sync and pushing the university forward. I can’t stress enough how important this is for the school to be committed to their athletics programs. By comparison, look at the chaos at Illinois. Illinois may be in the Big Ten but their university is in no position for long-term success on the football field. Coog fans: Be very thankful we have Fertitta, Khator, and Yurachek.

By increasing the salary of Herman and his assistants, the university is positioning itself to be considered one of the best head coaching jobs in the country. Even if a Power 5 invitation doesn’t come in the near future, UH can show that it’s the best Group of 5 program in the nation and can still compete for a New Years’ Six bowl game each season.

4 thoughts on “Tom Herman signs new contract as University of Houston sends message to the country.

  1. Per Joseph Duarte at the Chronicle: the contract says Herman will be paid a $5mm BONUS if they join a P5 conference. No mention of a salary increase in that eventuality.

      1. ESPN story cites an interesting clause:

        “The new contract for the former Ohio State offensive coordinator, who won the 2014 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant, includes a $2.5 million buyout if Herman leaves before Feb. 28, 2017. The buyout can be reduced by 25 percent if the board of regents doesn’t approve construction of an indoor practice facility by Sept. 1, 2016.”

        Better get that thing built!

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