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Win in BCS game would earn Chow extra $300,000

January 4, 2012
The Maui News

HONOLULU - University of Hawaii football coach Norm Chow has a series of annual incentives in his contract, according to a copy of the deal posted online by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Tuesday.

The largest individual bonus available is $300,000 for winning a Bowl Championship Series game - earning a BCS berth is worth $100,000, and a win would mean another $200,000.

Ticket-sale incentives could be worth $225,000 - $75,000 bonuses go into effect for exceeding 25,000, 27,500 and 30,000 season tickets.

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The contract calls for a $100,000 bonus for finishing the season in the "top 10 in either poll." The deal does not specify if The Associated Press and coaches polls are the ones indicated.

Winning a bowl game not in the BCS would earn $75,000 - $25,000 for a bowl appearance, and another $50,000 for a victory.

In all, the contract spells out 15 incentives, and says eligibility for any of them would be forfeited in a year in which a major rules violation was reported or the team is on NCAA Academic Progress Rate probation.

Chow's contract went into effect Sunday, and ends on Dec. 31, 2016.

The annual salary in the deal was redacted, but a range of $392,142 to $935,544 was indicated.

Chow, born and raised on Oahu, is working as a head coach for the first time. The 65-year-old left a job as Utah's offensive coordinator to take over at UH. He previously served as offensive coordinator at UCLA, Southern California, North Carolina State and Brigham Young, as well as with the Tennessee Titans. He won two national championships at USC, and one at BYU. He also received the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach in 2002 while with USC and was voted the national assistant coach of the year by the American Football Foundation in 1999, his last year at BYU.

The Warriors' previous head coach, Greg McMackin, earned $1.1 million per season.



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