By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Boise State football coach Chris Petersen will receive a $50,000 bonus and a $35,000 per year raise if the State Board of Education approves his contract adjustments Thursday.
The bonus would increase Petersen’s performance bonus for the 2010 season to $125,000 — the amount he would have received if the Broncos reached a Bowl Championship Series game.
The raise will apply to each of the five years remaining on his contract. Petersen made $1.49 million, including a longevity incentive, in 2010. The raise increases his total compensation to $1.525 million in 2011, $1.625 million in 2012, $1.725 million in 2013, $1.825 million in 2014 and $1.875 million in 2015.
Beginning in 2011, those compensation amounts include $100,000 dependent upon Petersen remaining employed on Feb. 1 of the following year. Those payments were part of the contract Petersen signed last year.
The $35,000 raise restores Petersen’s salary to the originally negotiated amount. Petersen asked to shift $35,000 to the assistant pool last year to attract linebackers coach Bob Gregory from California, where he was the defensive coordinator, athletic director Gene Bleymaier said.
Petersen didn’t ask for these contract adjustments, Bleymaier said. He was rewarded for a 12-1 season that brought unprecedented attention to Boise State, including two Sports Illustrated covers and an “ESPN College GameDay” broadcast.
“We want him to know that we don’t take that for granted and we want to reward him when we can for his accomplishments,” Bleymaier said. “We know that we don’t pay the most, we don’t have the largest recruiting budget, we don’t have the largest facility. So we try to do as much as we can.”
Bleymaier and Kent Keasler of the Bobby Dodd foundation met with the media Tuesday to promote next month’s celebration in Boise.
“An Evening with Coach Petersen” is the official Dodd Trophy presentation for Petersen, the 2010 recipient of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year award. The event also will celebrate the success of the football program as a whole.
The event is Saturday, March 19, at the Boise Centre on The Grove. The social hour begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $50 and are available at idahotickets.com. The room holds about 850 people. Members of the football team’s 2011 senior class are expected to attend.
“This is the highest honor that a head coach can receive in college football,” Bleymaier said.
Said Keasler: “We’ve never selected a more deserving coach than coach Chris Petersen.”
Previous winners include Vince Dooley, Bo Schembechler, Tom Osborne, LaVell Edwards, Bobby Bowden, Joe Paterno (twice), Eddie Robinson, Barry Alvarez, Frank Beamer, Jim Tressel, Bob Stoops, Mack Brown and Gary Patterson (2009).
The award is based on success on the field, scholarship, leadership and integrity.
Petersen is 61-5 in five seasons at Boise State.
CBS College Sports Network will be rebranded as CBS Sports Network beginning in April. The press release is full of jargon but it appears the network will retain its focus on college sports but provide some non-college content.
CBS Sports Network and Comcast (Versus) hold the TV rights for the Mountain West Conference.