Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Day 40° Partly Cloudy

Eye On Boise

State board approves ‘material terms’ for employing new BSU coach Harsin

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.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

Follow Betsy online: