— New West Virginia assistant coach Tom Bradley will make more in his first year at the school than in his second.According to Bradley's contract, obtained Monday through a Freedom of Information Act request, he will make $1 million over the course of a two-year contract. He is to be paid $600,000 this year and then $400,000 next year.Bradley's contract is also dated Feb. 19. That's two days before the school announced his hiring, as well as two days before head coach Dana Holgorsen said that the vacancy on his coaching staff had yet to be filled.In addition to his $1 million in base compensation, Bradley is also eligible for all other incentives available to WVU assistant coaches.
A provision in his contract that is not included in those of the other assistant coaches also calls for a $50,000 bonus to be paid if he is still employed on Jan. 30, 2016. That is the final day of his two-year contract term.Bradley was hired with the title of senior associate head coach. On Sunday, Holgorsen confirmed that Bradley, who spent his entire prior coaching career at Penn State, would be in charge of West Virginia's defensive line. That moved Damon Cogdell, also newly hired, from the defensive line to the linebackers."Damon Cogdell would have been great in coaching the D-line, but Tom has coached everything and the D-line is obviously a pretty important place,'' Holgorsen said Sunday as his team was beginning its first day of spring practice. "He's going to be great in recruiting western Pennsylvania."He's going to help me a lot. He's been in this profession for 35 years and has seen a lot. He'll be able to help coach [Tony] Gibson when it comes to game planning, when it comes to being a sounding board on how to do things properly. His nickname's 'Scrap' for a reason. He's going to bring a lot to the table and we're fortunate and excited to have him on board. He is a great guy, too. He's really going to fit in with the staff well.''According to Cogdell's contract, West Virginia's other first-year assistant coach will be paid $200,000 per year and also has a two-year contract, as do all of WVU's assistants. Cogdell replaced Erik Slaughter on the staff. Slaughter was also being paid $200,000.The spot on the staff that Bradley is filling belonged to former defensive coordinator Keith Patterson, who left to coach at Arizona State. Patterson's contract called for him to be paid $500,000, or $1 million had he remained the next two years.In that regard, the budget for WVU's assistant coaches did not increase with the hiring of Cogdell and Bradley to replace Slaughter and Patterson.Although it is believed that some sort of adjustments may have been made, the contracts supplied by the university in response to a Freedom of Information Act request covering all football coaching contracts did not include any revisions for Gibson, who was hired a year ago at a salary of $250,000 before being promoted to defensive coordinator last month.Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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