Texas A&M Coach's New Contract Includes Raise, Big Bonuses

By: Dallas Morning News
By: Dallas Morning News

Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin’s salary will jump to $3.1 million, according to his new contract, which extends through the 2017 season and is a reward for a wildly successful first season in Aggieland.

Sumlin’s original deal, little more than a year old, was for just $2 million per season.

The contract was acquired through an open records request. The deal had been announced before National Signing Day, but the specifics are only now being revealed. The contract shows it was just finalized Tuesday with the signatures of athletic director Eric Hyman and president R. Bowen Loftin. Sumlin signed on Monday.

Sumlin and his staff received raises after A&M’s blockbuster 2012 inaugural SEC season, in which the Aggies went 11-2, won the AT&T Cotton Bowl and quarterback Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy. A&M is expected to open the season in the top 10 in fall 2013.

Beginning April 1, 2013, Sumlin will receive $500,000 annually, plus an annual supplemental payment of $2,600,000.

The supplemental amount increases to $2,725,000 on April 1, 2015 and then decreases to $2,350,000 on April 1, 2017.

Sumlin can also receive $100,000 extra each year if the Academic Progress Rate meets NCAA benchmarks, some of which can be shared with his staff.

Sumlin will receive a pool of $3,400,000 to fund his staff, which is up from 2,700,000 in 2012.

Sumlin's buyout remains $2 million, with the amount reduced by $400,000 on March 31 every year of the term.

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