Idaho’s State Board of Education has approved the “material terms” of employment for Bryan Harsin, the new head football coach at Boise State University; further details will be brought before the board in February for final approval. The terms approved by the board today include a fixed contract term of five years, with compensation of $1 million in each of the first two years, $1.3 million in year 3, $1.55 million in year 4, and $1.65 million in year 5, with additional pay for performance to be determined.
There’s also a buy-out provision: If Harsin leaves early without cause, he’d owe the university $2 million in year 1; $2 million in year 2; $1.75 million in year 3; or $500,000 in year 4. The terms also include covering the cost of Harsin’s buy-out from Arkansas State University of $1.75 million. “No state funds are used and these amounts are paid only from program revenues, media, donations and other non-state funds,” according to state board documents from today’s meeting. You can see the full document here; scroll down to Tab 4.