Connecticut coach gets $1.5 million per year in five-year deal

Updated: February 26, 2008, 5:30 PM ET
Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut coach Randy Edsall's new contract includes a buyout clause that would have him pay back up to $1.5 million should he take a job with another school or the NFL.

The school released details Tuesday of the five-year deal that Edsall signed Feb. 14, following a season in which the Huskies won a share of the Big East title.

Under the contract, Edsall will receive an average of $1.5 million annually, including more than $1 million each year for speaking and media appearances.

UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun, who has two national titles, is to make $1.6 million in 2009-10, the final year of his contract. Women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, who has brought five national championships to Storrs, is to earn $1.25 million next season, the final year of his deal.

Edsall will also earn one month's base salary if the Huskies play in a bowl game, or $100,000 if it's a BCS game. There are also incentives for being named Big East or national coach of the year.

The deal also includes perks such as a $15,000-a-year car allowance, a family membership at a country club, and tickets to UConn men's and women's basketball games.

The buyout clause has a sliding scale under which Edsall would have to pay the school $1.5 million if he takes another college or pro job before Dec. 31, 2008. He would pay just $250,000 if he goes elsewhere between Jan. 1, 2012, and Aug. 1, 2012.

Edsall had been scheduled to make $995,000 next season and just over $1 million in 2009 under his previous deal, which he signed in 2004.

No state tax dollars will be used to pay Edsall, the school said. The contract will be paid for from gate receipts, private fundraising, corporate partnerships, broadcasts rights fees, conference revenue and NCAA revenue.

Edsall is 50-55 in his nine years at Connecticut. The Huskies were 9-4 in 2007 and lost to Wake Forest 24-10 in the Meineke Bowl.

Edsall spoke in November to Georgia Tech about its head coaching job, but announced he would remain at UConn.


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