Apple Cup victory will mean extra cash for the winning coach
Washington State coach Mike Leach has a clause in his contract that calls for an extra $25,000 if the Cougars beat Washington in the Apple Cup. Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian gets $25,000 for each game his team wins in the regular season beyond its sixth victory.
Seattle Times staff reporter
It's been well publicized that Washington State coach Mike Leach has a clause in his contract that will award him $25,000 if the Cougars win the Apple Cup on Friday.
Washington coach Steve Sarkisian also stands to benefit financially from a victory.
Sarkisian receives $25,000 for every victory above six in the regular season. So Sarkisian got an additional $25,000 last week when UW beat Colorado for its seventh victory, and can make another $25,000 by beating the Cougars.
Sarkisian's deal changes each year, the bonus not starting until victory No. 8 next season, No. 9 in 2014 and No. 10 in 2015.
Bonuses are common for college football coaches. Sarkisian can earn up to $1.5 million in incentives this season, on top of the $2.425 million he's guaranteed.
Some of those bonuses are hard to achieve, such as $500,000 for winning the BCS national title.
Sarkisian has already earned a $150,000 bonus for leading UW to a bowl game.
And a fast finish could earn him a bonus for a BCS ranking. The Huskies are No. 25. He will receive $50,000 if they are in the top 20 in the final BCS rankings, and $100,000 if UW is in the top 10 (there are no bonuses for The Associated Press or other polls).
Sarkisian also has academic incentives, such as $50,000 if the team has a graduation success rate of 70 percent or higher, and $125,000 if it is 80 percent or higher. Washington had a 74 percent GSR in figures revealed in October.
Oregon receiver to UW?
The website 247Sports reported that receiver Devon Blackmon, who announced this week he was leaving Oregon, will transfer to Washington.
A four-star recruit out of Summit High in Fontana, Calif., he played sparingly as a redshirt freshman this season, without a catch. He would apparently have to sit out the 2013 season before becoming eligible in 2014.
• Sarkisian met with the media Wednesday and said CB Desmond Trufant continues to improve from a hamstring injury that kept him out of the game at Colorado Saturday.
• The size of the crowd for Friday's game is anyone's guess. WSU students are on Thanksgiving break. They are allotted up to 7,500 seats, but aren't expected to fill them. A WSU spokesman said late Wednesday that 900 tickets remained for the game. Washington originally was allotted 4,000 tickets, but turned back about half of those.
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