Contract Extended For Rodriguez

West Virginia University and its head football coach Rich Rodriguez signed an agreement today that extends Rodriguez's contract an additional three years through the 2012 season, WVU director of athletics Ed Pastilong announced.

Rodriguez' new contract will pay him $1,000,000 with annual increases each year. This includes a $150,000 base salary and $850,000 in guaranteed promotional income (Mountaineer Athletic Club appearances, radio, television, Internet and endorsements). Rodriguez will continue to have the opportunity to earn additional compensation in incentives and summer camps. The incentives will include graduation rates, team grade-point averages, bowl appearances, Big East championships and season ticket sales.

The new pact recognizes Rodriguez' achievements during the past three seasons when the Mountaineers captured three Big East conference championships and the 2006 Nokia Sugar Bowl title.

Pastilong and Rodriguez negotiated the final terms of the agreement, which includes an additional $100,000 per year in deferred compensation that Rodriguez can collect in December, 2011, if he remains as head coach at West Virginia.

"This new agreement recognizes the job that Rich has done at WVU," said Pastilong. "He has had great success during the past three years and we look forward to Rich coaching for his alma mater for a long time."

The agreement also includes an increase in the compensation pool for assistant football coaches, and plans, pending private funding support, to renovate the Milan Puskar Center, including the study center and locker rooms.

"The success of our football program has been a team effort of the players, coaching staff, administration and fans," said Pastilong. "It will take a continuation of that effort as we move forward to secure funding for the Puskar Center renovations."

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