Bohl’s pay raise won’t cost state

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Bob Moen

laramie» Univer­sity of Wy­oming ath­letic di­rec­tor Tom Bur­man said Wed­nes­day he’s confident the univer­sity can cover the re­cent con­tract ex­ten­sion for foot­ball coach Craig Bohl with­out any ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial aid from the state.

Bohl is get­ting a pay raise to $1.4 mil­lion per year, start­ing in 2017. He is cur­rently guar­an­teed $850,000 a year. The new con­tract pro­vides for raises that will take his guar­an­teed salary up to $1.7 mil­lion in 2023 and in­cludes ad­di­tional in­cen­tives, such as two $625,000 pay­ments if he re­mains at Wy­oming through the term of the con­tract.

The coach’s raise comes as the univer­sity has elim­i­nated more than 100 staff and fac­ulty jobs be­cause of a drop in state aid caused by the down­turn in Wy­oming’s en­ergy in­dus­try. No univer­sity fac­ulty and staff re­ceived pay raises this year, al­though univer­sity Pres­i­dent Lau­rie Ni­chols has said she hopes to offer pay raises next year.

Ear­lier this year, the 2016 Leg­is­la­ture ap­proved $8 mil­lion over two years for re­cruit­ing, nutri­tion and other pro­grams de­signed to help Wy­oming field more com­pet­i­tive sports teams de­spite cut­ting spend­ing in other state pro­grams. Most of the money went to foot­ball and men’s bas­ket­ball — sports that gen­er­ate the most money for the univer­sity. Bohl trav­eled to Cheyenne to tes­tify be­fore law­mak­ers for the money.

Bohl was hired three years ago and led the Wy­oming foot­ball team this sea­son to its best record since 2011. The team com­peted in its first Mountain West cham­pi­onship game and earned an in­vi­ta­tion to play Dec. 21 in the Poin­set­tia Bowl against Brigham Young.

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