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WVU football: Bradley to make $1M over next two seasons

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Tom Bradley's contract as West Virginia's senior associate head coach will pay him a total salary of $1 million the next two seasons, including a $600,000 salary in 2014.

The contract, obtained Monday by the Charleston Daily Mail in a Freedom of Information Act request, seeks to reward Bradley for staying on the staff for both seasons and also compensate him if things don't go as planned.

The deal features a clause that sets dates to terminate Bradley's contract if coach Dana Holgorsen resigns. In the event the head coach "voluntarily terminates his employment," Bradley's contract with WVU automatically ends either 180 days after the "Resignation Event" or, if sooner, the final date of the original contract term, which is Jan. 20, 2016.

During the time between the triggering of the clause and the termination date, Bradley will be eligible for salary and incentives.

Among bonuses included is a one-time retention payment of $50,000 if Bradley is still on the staff Jan. 30, 2016, the end of the second year of the contract.

Bradley's contract took effect Feb. 24, three days after WVU announced it hired the longtime Penn State assistant and ended his two years away from the game. However, the contract was signed Feb. 19, two days before WVU had a luncheon in advance of spring football. Holgorsen said that day WVU hadn't hired anyone to fill the vacant spot on his coaching staff.

He announced Sunday, the first day of spring practice, Bradley will coach the defensive line.

The first term of the contract expires Jan. 30, 2015. The second term, which pays Bradley $400,000, begins Feb. 1, 2015.

Bradley also receives a company car, four tickets to home football games and bowl games and two tickets to home men's and women's basketball games.

The contract includes WVU's traditional performance incentives, though ones that are altered slightly with the arrival of the College Football Playoff this season. Bradley can receive non-cumulative regular-season bonuses for winning nine ($5,000), 10 ($7,500), 11 ($10,000) and 12 games ($15,000). Bradley receives $7,500 if WVU wins or shares the Big 12 championship and $10,000 for appearing in a bowl outside of the College Football Playoff.

If WVU makes the College Football Playoff, Bradley receives $15,000 for appearing and $5,000 for winning the semifinal, but also $20,000 for appearing in the final. A win there earns an additional $5,000.

Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mikec@dailymailwv.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.charlestondailymail.com/wvu.


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