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Idaho extends Paul Petrino’s contract through 2020

Idaho head coach Paul Petrino watches the game against Washington State unfold during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
By Michael-Shawn Dugar Moscow-Pullman Daily News

The Idaho State Board of Education on Thursday approved a three-year contract extension for Vandals football coach Paul Petrino. The Board approved a proposal that extends Petrino’s tenure through 2020. Petrino’s previous deal was set to expire in December 2017.

Petrino will receive a raise in annual base salary from about to $175,000 to $178,526.40. His annual media payment of $215,000 remains the same, though he receives a $10,000 bonus if the team’s grade-point average goals are met (those goals are not included in the SBOE documents).

In three seasons, Petrino has led Idaho to six wins. Last year’s 4-8 season was the best of his head coaching career. The Vandals will play in the Sun Belt Conference for two more seasons before joining the Big Sky Conference in 2018.

Other notable bonuses include: $25,000 for at least seven regular-season wins; $10,000 for winning conference coach of the year; and $25,000 for reaching a non-BCS bowl game.

Petrino also receives $10,000 if the team’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) score exceeds 940, and $20,000 if it exceeds 960 (out of 1,000). Idaho posted a multi-year rate of 904 for the 2014-15 school year, eight points higher than 2013-14 mark of 896.

Petrino joins Derek Pittman as the second Idaho head coach to receive a contract extension this offseason. The SBOE approved a three-year extension (through 2020) for the women’s soccer coach in April.