Washington's Gilbertson signs four-year deal

Updated: August 8, 2003, 12:50 PM ET

SEATTLE -- Washington football coach Keith Gilbertson signed a four-year contract paying as much as $870,000 a year.

He signed the contract Wednesday and school officials provided details Thursday.

Gilbertson, previously the offensive coordinator, got the top job July 29, a day after the dismissal of Rick Neuheisel became official.

"My life's ambitions never really had any dollar signs on them," Gilbertson said. "It was all about coaching and playing and teaching and being around young people and just the game."

His base pay is $420,000 a season, rising to as much as $816,000 with radio and TV appearances and with incentives for postseason appearances and academic achievement.

Two cars and a country club membership bring the total to $870,000, the figure given by athletic director Barbara Hedges when Gilbertson was promoted.

Neuheisel was dismissed for betting thousands of dollars in neighborhood gambling pools during the past two NCAA basketball tournaments and -- according to Hedges -- for not being forthcoming when first questioned by NCAA investigators.

Had he kept his job, Neuheisel stood to receive a base salary of $625,000 this season with total compensation of as much as $1.8 million.

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