MANHATTAN — Coming off a 10-win football season and a trip to the Cotton Bowl, Kansas State athletic director John Currie rewarded the coaching staff that made it happen.
He gave Bill Snyder a $250,000 raise, boosting his annual earnings to $2.2 million, and he gave Snyder’s nine assistants new contracts that featured a 20-percent pay bump, bringing their combined salaries above $2.2 million.
But that’s nothing compared to what he could be paying them at the end of the current season.
With Kansas State in contention for a Big 12 title and a trip to the BCS championship game, its football coaches could be due big bonuses at the end of the year. Snyder and his coaching staff could earn as much as $1.3 million in incentives if the Wildcats win the national championship, according to figures compiled by The Eagle from contracts obtained through an open-records request.
“I am always glad when we are able to recognize great work,” Currie said. “Our coaches in all of our sports participate in bonus programs and incentive programs that recognize great accomplishments. That’s certainly something that we will figure out a way to cover.”
Being in the middle of the national championship picture isn’t cheap. Here is a breakdown of the potential coaching bonuses:
• Snyder will earn $100,000 if K-State finishes in the top 10, $75,000 if it wins the Big 12 and $250,000 if it wins the national championship. Playing in the BCS championship game will earn him $150,000. Playing in a BCS bowl game earns him $75,000. If Snyder also wins a national coach of the year award, he could earn as much as $455,000 in incentives.
• His assistants are eligible to receive bonuses up to 32 percent of their salaries, as well as an additional $20,000 for finishing in the top five, $15,000 for finishing in the top 10 or $7,500 for finishing in the top 25.
The 32-percent bonus comes after a national title, 28 percent for the BCS championship game, 20 percent for a BCS bowl or winning the Big 12 and 16 percent for winning nine regular-season games.
Co-offensive coordinator Del Miller stands to earn the most incentive money. He is the Wildcats’ highest-paid assistant by the slimmest of margins … 24 cents. Co-offensive coordinator Dana Dimel and defensive coordinator Tom Hayes both make $280,000, while Miller earns $280,000.24.
“That’s some kind of mathematical fluke,” Currie said.
They would each be due roughly $89,600 if K-State wins the national championship.
The rest of the coaching staff would earn less in bonuses, but still enjoy a nice check. Offensive line coach Charlie Dickey earns $265,000, followed by defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements ($255,000), special teams coordinator Sean Snyder ($250,000), receivers coach Michael Smith ($210,000), linebackers coach Mike Cox ($205,000) and interior defensive line coach Mo Latimore ($189,000).
By winning eight regular-season games, they have already qualified for a 12-percent bonus. Currie hopes they max out their values.
“Our vision is to have a model intercollegiate athletics program and that means we have got to have great people in our program,” Currie said. “Great people are going to be in demand throughout the country. We are going to continue to make sure we are competitive in that market. Now, we are probably never going to be the highest paid in most things, but if that’s what it takes to be competitive in the market, we will figure out a way to do that.”