The Kansas athletic department released new football coach Turner Gill's contract on Wednesday, and the school determined that Gill's five-year, $10 million deal makes him the fifth-richest coach in the Big 12.
Gill, hired in December to replace Mark Mangino, will earn an annual base salary of $229,900 in addition to an annual media payment of $1,770,100. If Gill coaches all five years of his contract, he will receive a retention payment of $500,000.
Gill is eligible for incentive payments that could total as much as $400,000 in any one year: Big 12 regular-season championship ($25,000), bowl game participation (one month's salary), BCS bowl game participation ($50,000), national coach of the year ($100,000) and KU winning the BCS title ($200,000).
"Turner Gill is a winner," KU athletic director Lew Perkins said. "He is an excellent coach and a terrific person. With Turner and the outstanding staff he has assembled, Kansas fans can look forward to many exciting Saturdays at Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium."
Other details of the agreement:
* By Jan. 31, Kansas will pay Gill $355,735 ($200,000 after taxes) for his buyout payment to the University at Buffalo.
* If Gill is terminated without cause, he will be owed the full amount of his contract.
* If Gill is terminated with cause or terminates the contract himself, he gets nothing owed after the date of termination. Gill's contract does not detail an appeal process for use in the event that he is terminated for cause as Mangino's did.