Buying in

If there’s no money in P5 football, why is Houston doing this?

The University of Houston obliterated the pay scale for football coaches at schools outside the five power conferences on Thursday when it disclosed the details of its contract with newly hired Dana Holgorsen.

The five-year deal’s basic value is a total of $20 million, and Holgorsen’s pay for the 2019 season is currently set to make him the highest-paid football coach at a Group of Five public school by $1.1 million…

Houston will provide Holgorsen up to $4.5 million, not including standard fringe benefits, to cover the salaries of 10 assistant coaches, a strength coach and other off-field support, operations and recruiting personnel “deemed necessary to successfully operate the Football program.”

“Successfully operate”, eh?  What that means…

If Houston’s football team is invited to join a Power Five conference, the university will renegotiate Holgorsen’s deal. In addition, if Holgorsen is the head coach when the school accepts such an invitation, he would get an additional $1 million payment two years later as long he doesn’t leave or get fired for cause.

I keep saying it, but it’s easy to throw money at a problem when you don’t have to pay the hired help.  That’s why these guys are so smart.

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15 responses to “Buying in

  1. Derek

    Any particular reason the Big 12 hasn’t brought Houston into the fold yet after losing Nebraska, Colorado, A&M and Missouri? You’d think it would be at least as mutually beneficial as Rutgers to the Big 10 or Louisville to the ACC.

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    • Because Houston adds zero appeal to the Big 12-2’s TV deal with additional eyeballs … it would be like the SEC adding Georgia State or Georgia Tech because the school is in Atlanta.

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      • Derek

        You’d think they could just use another team. And it’s not like they’d be at competitive disadvantage, like Georgia Tech.

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        • It’s all about the eyeballs, and Houston doesn’t add enough eyeballs at the margin to warrant a slice of the Big 12’s TV pie.

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          • Russ

            Worse than that, it can pull eyeballs away from Texas. On the plus side (for the Big 12) is that it could also pull eyeballs away from A&M (SEC).

            I think in the past Texas and A&M didn’t really want Houston in the Big 12. But Tillman Fertitia (the team owner, uh board member) is determined to show that his is bigger, so this will continue until people quit gambling and he loses his money.

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          • Macallanlover

            Central Florida is the obvious addition for new eyeballs, and brings a new, and fertile, recruiting ground. They may not want to associate themselves with Danny White and those delusional fans.

            If Holgersen could just beat CF’s ass every year, I would chip in to help pay for his higher salary.

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    • stoopnagle

      It’s said below, but A&M and Texas are the names that move the needle in Houston. Think of it like this: would the SEC ever add UCF?

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    • Texas Dawg

      Easy- UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS. They have not desire to share any of the BIG-12 with another Texas based university.

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  2. Dolly Llama

    Everybody talks about Sarkisian’s drinking habits, but I don’t know anybody ever accused him of being a mean drunk. Holgorsen, on the other hand …

    https://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/2011/5/29/2196238/dana-holgorsen-casino-bars-west-virginia-football

    I don’t see this ending well for Houston.

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    • Russ

      There are a lot more bars for him to drink in in Houston.

      And I’ve always thought he looked like a homeless person on the sidelines. I guess boozing it up will give you that look as well.

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    • stoopnagle

      Not arguing the veracity of the story, but it’s known that Bill Stewart was working hard to ruin Holgo’s reputation in order to keep his job.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Holgorsen was losing Will Grier and most of his lines this year.

      He sold himself at peak value. Good move for him.

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  3. Tony Barnfart

    44% of Houston’s athletic department revenue comes from the university general fund or student fees, NOT operations. They only generate $32m/yr from actual operations.

    WTF ?!

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  4. stoopnagle

    UH can throw money around because of Tilman Fertitta.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilman_Fertitta

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  5. Captain Obvious

    Im pretty sure they put all the chips in the middle of the table knowing we are going to a 8 game cfp

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