Details and conditions of Brohm’s contract

Jeff Brohm laughs during a press conference in the Harbaugh Club at Smith Stadium after being named WKU’s new head football coach on Friday, Jan. 10.

Herald Staff

Assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm was introduced Friday as WKU’s new football coach. While his contract has yet to be approved – it will be presented to the WKU Board of Regents on Jan. 24 for approval – many of the terms and conditions have already been agreed upon.

– The contract extends four years, from Jan. 10, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2017, with a fifth-year option.

– Brohm’s annual base salary will be $600,000.

– Brohm’s contract buyout will start at a larger figure than that of former coach Bobby Petrino (who owed WKU $1.2 million when he left for Louisville), but it decreases in cost every year. If the contract is terminated before March 1, 2015, WKU is owed $1.5 million. If it is terminated before Feb. 28, 2016, WKU is owed $1.2 million. If the contract is broken before Febr. 28, 2017, WKU will be paid $900,000, and if it’s terminated on or after March 1, 2017, WKU is owed $600,000.

Brohm also has several annual incentives that will allow him to earn extra money over the course of the contract.

– A BCS Bowl berth or College Football Playoff appearance will give Brohm $100,000.

– A winning percentage greater than .500 is worth $50,000.

– A win in a bowl game is worth $50,000.

– A Conference USA title is worth $50,000.

– An Academic Progress Rate of 950 is worth $50,000.

– An Academic Progress Rate of 970 is also worth $50,000.

– Public season ticket sales in excess of 12,000 a year will earn Brohm $25,000.

– A Conference USA Coach of the Year award is worth $25,000.