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Full contract of UTEP's Sean Kugler released; puts salary at closer to $500,000

By Staff Report
Published On: Feb 25 2013 06:42:37 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 14 2014 10:27:44 PM CST

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EL PASO, Texas -

UTEP football coach Sean Kugler’s full, 14-page contract has been released.

He will earn a base salary of $280,000 a year during his five-year contract.

He will also get $220,000 for speaking engagements, coach’s shows, etc.   as assigned by the university.

The contract also has strong language related to discipline.

Other interesting aspects of the contract are below.

If Kugler leaves:

  • During the first year, he owes UTEP $500,000.
  • During year two, he owes UTEP $400,000.
  • During year three, he owes UTEP $300,000.
  • During year four or five, he owes his base salary.

If UTEP fires Kugler, they have to pay him his base salary until the end of his deal.  If he gets another job, the school's payments are reduced by the amount he gets at the new job.  Or, they cease entirely if the new job pays more than this one.

Kugler also would have to provide a W2 proving what his new wages are at the new job.

Other incentives in Kugler's contract include:

  • One month base annual salary for each additional football game won after the sixth win in any single season in any contract year
  • One month base annual salary in any contract year in which the football team is the C-USA Western Division Champion
  • One month base annual salary in any contract year in which the football team wins the C-USA Championship
  • One month base annual salary in any contract year in which the Football team participates in any NCAA sanctioned Post-Season Play (Bowl Appearance)
  • Two months base annual salary in any contract year in which the football team participates in any major bowl appearance (BCS) $1.5 million plus pay-out
  • $100,000 in any contract year in which the football team wins the NCAA Championship
  • One month base annual salary in any contract year in which the football team finishes in the Top 25 of a nationally recognized Final Season Poll
  • One month base salary in any contract year in which the coach is named the C-USA Coach of the Year
  • Two months base salary in any contract year in which the coach is recognized as the National Coach of the Year by a nationally recognized poll/association
  • One month base salary in any contract year in which the team achieves an annual academic progress report published (MAAC Report) score of 930 or above

UTEP hired Kugler in early December. He succeeds Mike Price, who announced his retirement just before the 2012 season ended.

Price had a base salary of $267,800 a year.

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