Bryan Harsin has been on the job as head coach of the Boise State Broncos for one season, but he is already due for an upgrade with his contract.
Harsin and Boise State have agreed on a new five-year contract valued at $7.35 million before incentives and bonuses. Harsin’s new contract at Boise State will also tack on an extra year to his contract with a $100,000 raise each time Harsin coaches Boise State to at least eight wins in a season.
Harsin was the third-highest paid coach in the Mountain West Conference according to a database of coaching salaries compiled by USA Today. Fresno State’s Tim DeRuyter is currently the highest-paid coach in the MWC; Harsin will be the second highest-paid. Jim McElwain was the highest-paid coach in the conference before leaving to coach Florida. Air Force recently rewarded Troy Calhoun with a new contract, but Calhoun will still earn less than Harsin.
Harsin’s new contract also includes bonuses for winning a division title ($15,000) or conference championship ($50,000) as well as making an appearance in the College Football Playoff ($100,000 for semifinal appearance, $150,000 for championship game). The Idaho Statesman outlines more bonus terms including academic achievements.
Harsin’s new contract still needs to be approved by the Idaho State Board of Education, but this tends to be merely a formality before the school can officially comment on the updated contract.
Harsin replaced Chris Petersen as head coach last season after the long-time Boise State coach accepted a job offer from Washington. In his first season as head coach of the Broncos and just his second season as a head coach (Harsin coached at Arkansas State in 2013), the Broncos went 12-2, won the Mountain West Conference championship and ended the season with a Fiesta Bowl victory over Arizona.