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Christensen’s Contract Extended

April 14, 2010

As you know by now, Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman has extended Dave Christensen’s contract by one year locking up the second year head coach through 2014. His original contract was for five years and ran through 2013, his base salary ($180,000) and other income (about $420,000) will remain the same for a total salary of around $601,000 before adding in other bonuses which include $10,000 for each Mountain West Conference win, $30,000 for a Mountain West title, $15,000 for  a co-Mountain West title and $10,000 for making a bowl game among others.  Hit this link to see Christensen’s contract courtesy of USA Today: CHRISTENSEN’S CONTRACT

This contract extension is good for several reasons. First of all, it shows Wyoming is committed to putting a winning product on the field and that Christensen is committed to Wyoming. This extension as well as the upgrade in facilities shows incoming players and prospective recruits that Wyoming’s goal is to compete at a high level. Secondly, if a team were to want to take coach Christensen away from us after this season, it puts his buy out at 4 years times $180,000 which is $720,000. If another university wants Christensen it’s going to cost them some money. I would expect short contract extensions like this to happen after almost every season for the next few years Christensen is here to keep the buyout at a high level. Now this could backfire if for some reason things take a down turn and you have to think about getting rid of the coach (see the Heath Schroyer situation) but I’m not worried about that with Christensen. Overall, this is a good thing for the University of Wyoming after being lost in the football wilderness.


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