Utah State football fans have been on quite the roller coaster ride this football season. From an early season win over UConn to a devastating loss to in-state FCS foe Weber State to a great win over a good Air Force team at home, the ups and downs have been the only thing consistent with this year’s program. Perhaps this bye week will provide fans with a chance to take a breath before the rest of the ride commences.
Head Coach Blake Anderson is in his second season with Utah State after having coached the team to an incredible turnaround and a season for the ages in 2021. In 2020, Utah State football was as down-trodden as any team could be finishing the season with a single win, while deciding to forfeit their final game at Colorado State. In 2021, Coach Anderson helped turn that around completely, leading Utah State a 11-3 record, its first ever Mountain West Championship, and two wins over Power-5 foes including a season ending Jimmy Kimmel Bowl Championship over Oregon State. This drastic turnaround resulted in Coach Anderson receiving a bump in pay and extension to his contract.
USUStats.com has obtained the finalized details of Blake Anderson’s modified contract. The full contract can be downloaded in PDF format at the bottom of this post. Here are the main takeaways from this contract amendment:
- Contract terms were extended by two years, through the 2027 season.
- Base Annual Salary was increased by $300,000 in Year 2 (2022 season).
- Yearly Base Annual Salary Increases went from a $25K increase to a $50K increase starting in Year 3
- Total Salary Including Media Compensation is now as follows:
- Year 1 (2021) – $1,057,692
- Year 2 (2022) – $1,325,000
- Year 3 (2023) – $1,375,000
- Year 4 (2024) – $1,425,000
- Year 5 (2025) – $1,475,000
- Year 6 (2026) – $1,525,000
- Year 7 (2027) – $1,575,000
- Reduced the buyout amount if the coach were to terminate the contract from 75% of the “Cumulative Remaining Salary” to much lower set amounts that decrease each year as follows:
- $2,000,000 before Dec 31, 2022
- $1,700,000 before Dec 31, 2023
- $1,200,000 before Dec 31, 2024
- $800,000 before Dec 31, 2025
- $500,000 before Dec 31, 2026
- $0 before Dec 31, 2027
- Utah State is still on the hook to pay 75% of the “Cumulative Remaining Salary” if they terminate the coach for convenience.
- No apparent increases in the $2,500,000 salary pool for assistant coaches.
Overall, the contract is much more favorable to Coach Anderson, and the buyout structure is much less favorable to Utah State. This is no surprise based on recent contract amendments to other coaches who have shown to be successful at Utah State. What are your thoughts on the contract extension? Let us know below.
Click the image below to download the official contract amendment discussed in this article.