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Bobby Hauck lands ‘controversial’ raise, extension from UNLV

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While not all of the members of the Nevada Board of Regents were on board with it, Bobby Hauck has officially gotten himself a revamped contract.

Friday, the board not-so-unanimously approved a contract extension for the UNLV head coach that also includes a bump in pay.  Hauck’s new contract, which was first announced in late November, calls for a raise that pushes him to $700,000 annually, making him No. 8 among Mountain West head coaches; his $500,000 salary in 2013 was 12th in the 12-team MWC.

His new deal keeps him tied to the Rebels through the 2016 season.

“I think this is a fair contract for everyone involved,” Hauck said. “We’re excited about the future of UNLV football.”

His opinion of the fairness of the new deal was far from unanimous, however.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, three of the 13 regents voted against the new contract.  One regent in particular was, well, pissed off over the message Hauck’s deal sent.

“Somebody has to step back and say this thing is out of control,” regent Ron Knecht said according to the Sun. “(Coaches’) compensation has gone up much faster than incomes of Nevadans. That’s an indication of a broken model. Someone has to do something to stop it.”

The Reno Gazette-Journal takes Knecht’s quotes a step further.

But the board also directed [regent Rick] Trachok to head a task force that will look at the process used arrive at all coaches’ contracts within the Nevada Higher System of Education, possibly even allowing the regents some say before athletic directors present the contracts for approval.

At a basketball school, Hauck in 2013 led the football Rebels to its first bowl berth since 2000.  It was the program’s fourth bowl appearance in its 36-year history.

After winning two games in each of his first three seasons, Hauck’s Rebels won seven to qualify for a postseason berth this past year.

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6 Responses to “Bobby Hauck lands ‘controversial’ raise, extension from UNLV”
  1. steeler1nation says: Jan 26, 2014 1:05 PM

    Knecht soundslike a typical class warfare/jealous/butthurt liberal.
    It’s not Haul’ s fault Nevadans salaries aren’t high. Blame Harry Reid and oBUManomics.

  2. dcroz says: Jan 26, 2014 2:53 PM

    I always find it hilarious when a regent (and you may as well say “politician”) complains about something like a football coach’s pay being “out of control” in a state where much–or most–of the industry and income is based on gambling and where prostitution is legal. It’s like Sodom complaining about a litter problem.

  3. queenlivekillers says: Jan 26, 2014 5:21 PM

    Wait a minute. Hauck just received a raise that moved him from 12th to 8th highest IN THE CONFERENCE and that’s “out of control”?!? Perhaps the Regent should look at the salaries of coaches in the PAC-12, SEC and B1G and gain some perspective.

  4. derekgorgonstar says: Jan 26, 2014 7:24 PM

    Regent hates football.
    Regent thinks it’s out of control.
    Regent hates people making money.
    Regent votes Democrat.
    Regent is a woman….even if he’s a man.

  5. normtide says: Jan 26, 2014 8:29 PM

    I would dare say, even at a basketball school, the football program probably funds the athletic dept. And if it’s so worried about the income differences between his coach and regular citizens, maybe he should donate his money to the people. Funny how politicos always talk one thing, do another.

  6. v2the4 says: Jan 27, 2014 12:37 PM

    the basketball coach, David Rice only makes $500K…the football coach just got a raise from $500k to 700K….there are coordinators at other schools who coaches make more, so UNLV should be grateful these guys work for less than nothing in athletic coaching speak, especially with the cost of living in Nevada.

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