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Bowden's contract

Bowden's initial contract at Akron is very similar to his predecessors in many ways.

The base salary is the same over a 5 year contract, and most of the incentives are very similar. Bowden's base salary will be $300,000 with $50,000 for media appearances and $25,000 in apparel contracts. The contract also calls for a $6,000 country club membership, a university car, and $10,000 in moving expenses.

Bowden can also earn up to $120,000 in incentives including $50,000 if the Zips make one of the 5 major bowl games. A $20,000 bonus is due for a MAC East divisional championship and $25,000 for a MAC title. One of the major differences is that Ianello would have made twice as much for a MAC title, as his incentive was $50,000.

Interestingly, Bowden's buyout does not include any payments if he were to leave in the fourth or fifth year of his contract.