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Monday November 9, 2009

Monday: Coaches Quick Hits

Athletic Director Alert: Some leaders have a special talent to recognize young talent. Tonight, you will see 33 year-old Josh McDaniels vs. 37 year-old Mike Tomlin on Monday Night Football. Even 33 year-old Raheem Morris led the Bucs to a win over Green Bay yesterday. It makes us wonder which young college assistant is under the radar, but has the intangibles to lead a D1 program? Which AD will do his homework and hire the next young superstar? Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton took a chance. Now, coaches around the nation know that Lane Kiffin and Tennessee are building one heckuva program.

"There's not a better leader, a more creative, stimulating guy (than Mike Tomlin)," said John Gruden, who was fired after last season following seven seasons with Tampa Bay. "Whether he got his head coaching job when he was 32, 37 or 39, to me, that's a moot point."

Email us: Tell us about a young college assistant that will make an outstanding head coach down the road.

Coaches Quick Hits: Great stuff on Quick Hits today. Check it out.

Oregon: According to the Register-Guard newspaper, Chip Kelly's first contract as a head football coach will pay him an annual guaranteed salary of $1.25 million this season and next, plus a share of Oregon's season ticket sales, and offer a myriad of bonuses for performance on the field and in the classroom.

The annual guaranteed salary would increase to $1.5 million beginning with the 2011 season.

The five-year contract, through March 2014, requires Kelly to pay the university $1 million if he leaves for a college or pro football job during the first three years, and $750,000 thereafter. The contract is automatically extended by one year if the Ducks play in a bowl game.

The agreement also gives Kelly the option of renegotiating the contract, or accepting an annual guaranteed salary of $2.3 million - or walking away from the deal without penalty - if the Ducks win 19 regular-season games, or win 20 games including bowl games, in any two-year period.

In addition to his annual guaranteed salary, Kelly can earn bonuses for such achievements as winning the Pac-10 title, winning the national championship, playing in a major bowl game and finishing in the top 10. This season, for example, Kelly could earn $300,000 in bonuses if UO wins a share of the Pac-10 title ($100,000), defeats OSU ($25,000), plays in the Rose Bowl ($75,000) and finishes in the top 10 ($100,000).

Kelly can also earn bonuses ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 based on graduation rates and grade-point average, and a bonus of $100,000 if the program has an Academic Progress Rate of 975 or greater.

Kelly will receive a share of season ticket sales, two-tenths of a percent this season and moving to a sliding scale next season - 3.25 percent for gross sales of $13 million or less and 1.65 percent of sales exceeding $13 million.