UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel can receive up to $1.75 million a season in salary and bonuses, plus a $1.5 million home loan and other perks, according to the terms of a five-year contract finalized last week.
The contract also includes safeguards for the university. Neuheisel will not be eligible for performance bonuses if the program is put on NCAA probation and must return previous bonuses if the team is “subsequently sanctioned for NCAA violations in which coach was directly involved, that coach facilitated, condoned, or ignored about coach knew or reasonably should have known.”
Colorado was put on a two-year probation in 2002 for violations that occurred while Neuheisel was the Buffaloes’ head coach.
According to the contract, Neuheisel will receive annually $250,000 in base pay and a $1 million personal service fee. He can also earn:
* Academic bonuses up to $50,000.
* A performance bonus up to $100,000 for team victories, from eight ($20,000) to 12 ($100,000).
Neuheisel could also receive $100,000 for winning the Pac-10 title and $80,000 for a co-championship.