Troy Calhoun's name has come up regarding a number of different Power Five head coaching openings over the years. And deservedly so, as Calhoun is 98-69 since taking the reigns at Air Force in 2007, winning eight or more games a total of eight times in that span, while reaching bowl eligibility 10 of those 13 seasons as well.
Last season, Calhoun led the program to an impressive 11-2 mark.
Calhoun's ties to the Pacific Northwest, where he grew up and played quarterback for Air Force and has spent most of his coaching career, combined with his time as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Ohio and then at Wake Forest - combined with his on-field success, has made Calhoun an attractive candidate at a number of schools.
Just weeks ago, Calhoun interviewed for the Colorado job that eventually went to Karl Dorrell. Typically that kind of thing is a footnote in the final story. However, The Gazette shares that just days before interviewing with the Buffs decision makers, Calhoun quietly agreed to new contract at Air Force.
Back on February 3rd, Calhoun signed a new 6-year deal keeping him with the Falcons through the 2025 season. That timeline means Calhoun put pen to paper just about a week before Mel Tucker left Boulder for the head coaching job in East Lansing.
The report adds that Calhoun did give the notice required in his contract before talking with Colorado officials, but that conversation has had no impact on the contract that was recently finalized.
“We have not made adjustments to the contract that we signed on Feb. 3. We made increased commitments on both sides early on and wanted to get out ahead of this," athletic director Nate Pine shared, before adding that an increased investment did come with an increased buyout.
The new deal also reportedly includes increasing the salary pool for assistant coaches to a degree where Air Force is now comparable with conference and fellow schools.