Not that any Washington State University coach needs any added reasons to win the Apple Cup.
But just in case, the school has given new coach Mike Leach 25,000 more reasons to want to win it, inserting a $25,000 bonus clause into his contract for winning the Apple Cup each year. That was among the things revealed in his contract today as he was officially introduced as WSU’s new coach at a press conference in Pullman — another one is being held in Seattle tonight.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian does not have such a clause in his contract. But winning the Apple Cup did essentially serve the same trick this year for Sarkisian as he gets a $25,000 bonus each year for winning seven games — the WSU victory was UW’s seventh this season.
Here’s a look at some of the details of Sarkisian’s contract from our story last January. You’ll see that Sarkisian also reached an incentive this year for getting UW to another bowl game, which earned the coach $150,000. All of UW’s assistants also have contracts that call for a bonus for reaching a bowl game, as well.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Here’s some good detail from the DailyBreeze.com on UW’s latest commit, running back/linebacker, including the specifics of his knee injury. The story notes that McDaniel plans to enroll at UW in time for the spring quarter to continue his rehab with UW trainers.
— UW running back Chris Polk has been nominated for the category of Male Sports Star of the Year for the 77th Annual Sports Star of the Year Awards (the awards that were sponsored by the Seattle P-I until its untimely demise).
— The Alamo Bowl sold out all of its suites quickly after the UW-Baylor pairing was announced.
— Pretty striking views of the removal of the lower bowl of Husky Stadium on the construction cam today.
— CoachSark’s site has this breakdown of Baylor.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller ranks the Alamo third of the Pac-12’s seven bowls.
— Here’s an update on Arizona State’s coaching search.
— Here’s another take on what went wrong for Jake Heaps at BYU. And to answer questions I’ve gotten on this, Heaps is a second-year sophomore now, so if he transferred he would have to sit out next year — he could practice and all that but could not play — and then would have two years of eligibility beginning with the 2013 season.
All for now.