Bowl sea­son means coaches can cash in

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY TONY PAUL The Detroit News tpaul@de­troit­ twit­­paul1984

’ Tis the sea­son for hol­i­day bonuses.

Bowl sea­son of­ten can mean big bucks for col­lege-foot­ball coaches, and that’s no ex­cep­tion for the state of Michi­gan’s Di­vi­sion I bunch — well, most of them, any­way.

Ac­cord­ing to con­tracts re­viewed by The News, at least two of the state’s Di­vi­sion I coaches stand to fare quite hand­somely this month: Cen­tral Michi­gan’s John Bon­amego and Michi­gan State’s Mark Dan­to­nio.

In­ter­est­ingly, Michi­gan’s Jim Har­baugh is not due any bonuses for on-field per­for­mance — his bonus struc­ture is tied only to Big Ten cham­pi­onships and Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off ap­pear­ances — but he can take so­lace in know­ing he’s al­ready made $7 mil­lion in 2017, among the high­est salaries in the nation.

Bon­amego, who guided Cen­tral to an 8-4 sea­son and an ap­pear­ance in the Potato Bowl, al­ready has se­cured $62,500 in bonuses for this year, and that in­cludes a $30,000 re­ten­tion bonus, $10,000 for beat­ing a Power-Five team (Kansas), $7,500 for reach­ing eight wins and $15,000 for mak­ing a bowl game.

In his third sea­son at Cen­tral, Bon­amego, 53, can earn an­other $22,500 — $2,500 for get­ting a ninth vic­tory, and $20,000 for win­ning a bowl. Wy­oming stands in the way, in the Potato Bowl, Dec. 22 in Boise, Idaho.

Dan­to­nio, who guided his Spar­tans to a stun­ning turn­around from 3-9 last sea­son to 9-3 this sea­son, re­ceives $75,000 for get­ting Michi­gan State into the Hol­i­day Bowl, set for Dec. 28 against Washington State in San Diego.

In­ter­est­ingly, that money is set to be split up among Dan­to­nio, his as­sis­tants and ad­min­is­tra­tion staff at the dis­cre­tion of ath­letic di­rec­tor Mark Hol­lis, with in­put from Dan­to­nio. Dan­to­nio, 61, also is due $750,000 in re­ten­tion bonuses for this cal­en­dar year.

West­ern Michi­gan’s first-year coach Tim Lester was de­nied some bonus money when his 6-6 Bron­cos were not se­lected for a bowl game, de­spite qual­i­fy­ing with the six wins.

May­field wins awards

Ok­la­homa quar­ter­back Baker May­field was named the 2017 Davey O’Brien Award win­ner Thurs­day night dur­ing ESPN’s col­lege foot­ball awards show.

The Davey O’Brien Na­tional Quar­ter­back Award hon­ors the nation’s best quar­ter­back.

May­field has thrown for 4,340 yards and 41 touch­downs with five in­ter­cep­tions.

Ear­lier in the day, May­field was named the As­so­ci­ated Press player of the year.

Coach­ing moves

Ten­nessee has hired Alabama de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Jeremy Pruitt as its head coach. Pruitt re­places Butch Jones, who was fired Nov. 12 af­ter go­ing 34-27 over­all and 14-24 in South­east­ern Con­fer­ence.

... Mike Ri­ley, who was re­cently fired as Ne­braska’s head coach, was named an as­sis­tant at Ore­gon State. Ri­ley is Ore­gon State’s all-time win­ningest coach with 93 wins.

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