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FBS program places entire coaching staff on furlough

A number of coaches and ADs at the FBS level have taken voluntary pay cuts to help their respective employers navigate the pandemic budget crunch, and now the first school is implementing a furlough of its coaching staff.

Boise State will place its entire coaching staff on involuntary, unpaid leave as part of a university-wide initiative that applies to all employees making at least $40,000 a year, as the school looks to recoup $10 million in losses due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Employees making at least $150,000 will be furloughed for 10 days, which applies to head coach Bryan Harsin and nine of his on-field assistants. Running backs coach Winston Venable, will be required to take seven days; Venable was promoted to running backs coach earlier this year.

Furloughed employees are not permitted to perform any work duties while on leave. The Idaho Statesman's report did not specify if the furlough applied specifically to total days or business days. Boise State's FAQ page said furloughed employees can self-select their days at any point from May 3 through July 31.

Broncos head coach Bryan Harsin will lose around $63,000 of his $1.65 million salary.

While Boise State is the first to publicly confirm department-wide furloughs, they certainly will not be the last.

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