On Monday Bowling Green announced that the school has agreed to a contract extension with football coach Dave Clawson.
Click here if you want to read the basics of that agreement.
Here are a few things to consider about that contract ...
- While the financial terms were not disclosed, a raise in salary is assumed. And for those who might ask why Clawson would receive a salary increase, here are some numbers to lend some perspective.
Last season Clawson's base salary was roughly $368 thousand, which seems like a lot of money to you and me. And it is a lot of money to you and me -- but it's not a lot of money for a football coach. The most-recent list of football salaries for college football coaches lists Clawson as ranking 120th among FBS coaches in terms of salary. That is out of 124 coaches.
Aside: Want to know where he ranked among Mid-American Conference coaches? Of the three FBS coaches that were below Clawson, the only MAC coach was Central Michigan's Dan Enos -- who received a contract extension last week.
What about bonuses, you ask? By my calculations he earned $19,000 in on-field bonuses ($10,000 for winning six MAC games, $2,000 for winning five MAC games, $5,000 for bowl berth and $2,000 for Chris Jones earning MAC defensive player of the year). Even with those bonuses raising his salary to $390,000 he remains near the bottom of MAC coaches in terms of salary.
Knowing all that, does winning eight games, earning a bowl bid and having a team poised to compete for a MAC title next season deserve a raise?
- Notice the information at the bottom of the release regarding a renovation to Perry Fieldhouse. In particular it mentions installing new turf at the fieldhouse.
That's a necessary move, since the current turf is the old "artificial" turf rather than the new synthetic turf that is softer and more forgiving. As BG prepared for the Military Bowl it practiced on that turf, and it clearly showed its age in terms of creating "rug burns" and a less-safe environment than the turf that recently was installed at Perry Stadium.
- Speaking of Perry Stadium, the release by the university also announced the planning of renovations to the facility. During the past season the University took a close look at the University of Akron's football field, which is certain on a short list of best facilities in the MAC (if it isn't No. 1).
As this process continues, it should help the program in two ways: first, it should help fans, alumni and boosters get excited about the program (in the same way the announcement and building of facilities like the Sebo Center and Stroh Center raised the excitement level. Second, it should help with recruiting as a sales point to prospective players.
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