December 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM
Chris Petersen will earn $3.2 million in his first year as the University of Washington’s new football coach, with his guaranteed pay climbing by $200,000 each year over the next five years.
By year five of his contract, “Coach Pete” will join an elite group of football coaches by becoming a $4 million man.
UW officials on Monday released the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) detailing the basic terms of Petersen’s 5-year, $18 million contact. (See a copy of the MOU here.)
The deal not only makes Petersen the highest-paid coach in Washington history, but also the current top-earner among the Pac 12′s 10 public universities (Southern California and Stanford, both private schools, aren’t subject to disclosing pay details).
Along with the yearly guaranteed pay, the MOU — signed Friday by UW Athletic Director Scott Woodward and the new coach — shows Petersen can earn up to $1.175 million in pay bonuses each year based on his team’s on-field and in-the-classroom performances.
The incentives range from a $50,000 bonus for a Pac 12 championship game appearance to $500,000 for winning the national championship under the new college football playoff system to be implemented next season.
Petersen’s maximum academic bonus tops out at $125,000 — awarded if his student-athletes score 970 or better on the Academic Progress Rate, an NCAA team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention requirements for student-athletes. In all, Petersen’s deal offers maximum bonuses of $1.05 million for team performance achievements and $125,000 for academic ones.
Petersen also will garner benefits and perks, including season tickets for all UW sports, standard employee health benefits, an unspecified amount of moving and temporary housing expenses and up to two courtesy vehicles.
Washington also agreed to buy out Petersen’s contract at Boise State for $750,000, plus pay him up to $500,000 to cover any potential tax burden from that transaction, the record shows.
The MOU states Petersen’s contract will include a provision for an automatic extension through Jan. 31, 2020, “in the event that Scott Woodward is no longer serving as the University’s Director of Athletics and the contract term has not previously been extended beyond that date.”
Should Petersen leave the UW early before the contract expires, he’ll face a $3 million buyout in the first year; $2.5 million in years two and three, and $1.5 million in year four.
Introduced to the Seattle media today as the Huskies new coach, Petersen replaces Steve Sarkisian, who abruptly announced his departure last week to take the head coach’s job at USC.
As The Seattle Times recently detailed, Sarkisian – who, until Petersen, had been the UW’s highest-paid coach — earned more than $2.9 million last year in total pay (guaranteed pay, perks and benefits) and was set to make more than $3 million next year.
Sarkisian ranked 26th — and second in the Pac 12 — among the highest paid coach’s in college football for his pay in 2012, according to pay data published this year by USA Today. In all, eight coaches nationwide earned $4 million or more in guaranteed pay last year.
A formal contract with Petersen could take up to several weeks to be executed, UW officials have said.
December 6, 2013 at 3:36 PM
At latest count, four University of Washington football coaches have bolted Montlake this week for USC, breaching their UW employment contracts in the process.
The chain-reaction of coaching moves has triggered damage clauses in their contracts, racking up more than $1.5 million in buyout penalties so far for the UW, and likely saving the school another $240,000 in other payments.
The penalty amounts now owed to Washington easily cover the reported $750,000 buyout in Chris Petersen’s contract with Boise State University. The UW officially named Petersen its new head football coach today, but university officials have yet to release details about how much they’ll pay him.
The Times asked the UW on Friday for a copy of the school’s memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Petersen. UW officials have so far declined to provide the document, saying they would wait to release Petersen’s contract terms at a Monday press conference.
The UW typically prepares such MOUs to lay out the basic terms for a coaching hire until a more detailed and formal contract is executed. Typically a one- to two-page document, it includes such information as guaranteed annual pay, duration of the contract, moving-expense payments and buyout payments to previous schools.
Petersen will replace Steve Sarkisian, the highest-paid coach in Huskies history, who was set to make $2.875 million guaranteed next season. Additional perks and benefits would have put Sarkisian’s minimum total compensation at more than $3 million for the 2014 season. (more…)
December 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM
Seahawks fans jumping up and down during Monday night’s 22-yard Michael Bennett fumble return for a touchdown registered about a magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake.
The University of Washington has a seismometer in a warehouse about a block south of CenturyLink Field, says earth and space sciences professor John Vidale.
The earthquake-like vibration can be seen in the blue wave in this graphic.
The same seismometer captured Marshawn Lynch’s “Beast Quake” on Jan. 8, 2011, when he rumbled for a 67-yard touchdown run that clinched a 41-36 playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints.
December 2, 2013 at 1:31 PM
On Nov. 13, 2013, Seattle Times reporter Lewis Kamb interviewed UW Athletic Director Scott Woodward for this story about the salary, bonuses and perks the university paid to its head football coach Steve Sarkisian. With reports today that Sarkisian is leaving the UW for USC, here’s a partial transcript of the interview as it delved into rumors about Sarkisian leaving Washington:
The Seattle Times: Coach Sarkisian is rumored to be a potential candidate for the USC head coach’s job. I know he has publicly addressed that, but really hasn’t slammed the door on the potential opportunity there. As AD, how do you address or protect yourself in a situation like this?
WOODWARD: You’re never protected. It’s performance, it’s ability. It’s market. You don’t want to be in the unenviable position of having a coach no one wants. You want someone who is really respected in the marketplace. But for that, you have to pay market.
ST: There are obviously some disincentives for him to break the contract.
WOODWARD: There are. There are.
ST: But besides the (monetary) penalties, I see there’s a clause in there (Sarkisian’s contract) that says that the coach is supposed to have a dialogue with you if he’s interested in another job. And that hasn’t happened?
ST: I’m curious, because obviously these kinds of discussions are going on all the time. How does that happen?
WOODWARD: It happens a million different ways. They don’t have to talk to me. Especially the NFL. He’s been rumored to be a candidate or on the radar for a few NFL jobs and I believe it. I’m sure they talk to either his representation or whoever, however they do it. So, I would never know. It’s one of those things. You just have to be dialed into the industry, and know what’s going on out there.
ST: And what do you hear in this situation?
WOODWARD: You just don’t know. I mean, if and when it happens, hopefully I’m ready for it.
ST: And hopefully it doesn’t happen?
WOODWARD: I would like to retain him, exactly. I’m very happy with Steve as the coach.
ST: He’s won something like 32 games over the 5 years he’s been here. Are you satisfied with that performance?
WOODWARD: You’re never satisfied until you win championships, that’s the ultimate goal. As far as where the program was when he started – 0 and 12 – to what he’s built it to, and how he’s done it in a classy, high performing way, is impressive. But hey, we’re about winning championships here and we expect to get there and get to that next level. But I’m very pleased with the incremental progress this program’s made.
December 2, 2013 at 1:06 PM
While weather forecasts over the weekend called for a cold and potentially snowy Monday night, the National Weather Service now expects it to be dry and not quite as chilly as first thought when the Seahawks kick off against the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field tonight.
A frigid front is taking its time arriving from Canada, leaving midday temperatures at a higher-than-expected 45 degrees in Seattle and causing the National Weather Service to project temperatures in the upper 30s when the game starts at 5:40 p.m. That’s a far cry from the earlier prediction of temperatures in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Still, 39 degrees is no cakewalk.
A meteorologist cautioned there is a 30 percent chance of precipitation before 10 tonight., but said we ”probably won’t get anything.”
November 17, 2013 at 9:07 AM
Running game: Today’s NFL game at CenturyLink Field might settle the debate over which team — the Seattle Seahawks or the Minnesota Vikings — has the better running back — Marshawn Lynch for the Hawks or Adrian Peterson for the Vikings. Or, the Seahawks might turn to their passing game with the debut of receiver Percy Harvin. You’ll just have to watch to find out. Game starts at 1:25 today.
Helping out: About a dozen singers and bands will be playing today at the Filipino Community Center, 5470 Martin Luther King Way, to raise money for those hit by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for students. The music starts at 2 p.m.
Skiing begins: “Mother Nature has delivered,” is how the Stevens Pass ski area web site puts it. With 10 inches of new snow, the ski area on Highway 2 has opened. Whistler in British Columbia is also open, and even if you are not a skier or snow boarder you will find plenty to do there, says Seattle Times travel writer Kristin Jackson. Two lifts open at Crystal and lift tickets reduced to $25. We could go on, but maybe we’ll head to the slopes instead.
Driving in snow: That’s what you can expect if you head for the slopes. Compact snow and ice on Stevens Pass; slush and rain on Snoqualmie. If you stay in the lowlands, be prepared for rain. Decreasing rain for Seattle in the week ahead with cloudy skies and temperatures in the 40s.
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November 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM
Stevens Pass and Crystal Mountain resorts are opening early this weekend after the first significant snow hit the Cascades Friday.
About 10 inches of snow accumulated at 3,000 feet at Snoqualmie Pass, according to the National Weather Service, and 21 inches piled up at 4,000 feet at Stevens Pass.
More precipitation is expected Monday, but that forecast calls for snow near the 5,000-foot level.
Crystal got 12 inches in 24 hours and opened at 9 a.m. today with two lifts running, said marketing director Tiana Enger. The lifts will be open until 2:30 p.m., she said, and tickets are discounted to $25.
“We’ll assess conditions this afternoon to make the call whether we’re open tomorrow,” she said.
Stevens Pass this morning reported 20 inches of new snow and a 29-inch base. The resort is open from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday. The Hogsback and Daisy lifts, as well as the rope tow, are operating Saturday, said marketing manager Nate Escalona.
Stevens had set its tentative opening for Nov. 22, and considers Saturday and Sunday a “soft opening.” Escalona said he’ll know tomorrow if the resort will stay open during the coming week.
Reporter Mark Yuasa learned yesterday that the Mount Baker Ski Area is looking at possibly opening by Wednesday or sooner.
Here’s more of what Yuasa had to say about Whistler (which is open today) and the status of other resorts.
November 5, 2013 at 7:08 AM
The Associated Press
Investigators have determined that a fire that damaged the Bellevue home of Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez started in the laundry room.
Lt. Richard Burke says the cause of the Monday afternoon fire remains under investigation and is still officially undetermined. Damage is estimated at $250,000.
Hernandez and his wife, Sandra, were in Napa, Calif., at the time. His agent, Wil Polidor, says their two children were at a mall with their nanny and the pitcher’s mother-in-law.
Burke says police have secured the home, which is uninhabitable.
King County public records show the 5,100-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bath house was built in 2009 and is valued at $2.85 million.
October 31, 2013 at 3:58 PM
Washington State University canceled classes Thursday afternoon and made morning classes optional in advance of a 7:30 p.m. football game against Arizona State University.
WSU President Elson Floyd announced the decision to cancel classes in May, calling the game “a rare opportunity” to showcase the Pullman campus. The game is being televised nationally by ESPN.
“It is also the first time since 2005 that WSU has played a Thursday home football game, so it presents some special challenges,” Floyd wrote in his campus-wide memo in May.
WSU’s Martin Stadium is in the middle of the Pullman campus, and has no designated parking of its own, said Kathy Barnard, executive director of university communications. “There are thousands of students, thousands of faculty and staff, and thousands of fans trying to share finite space,” she said by email. If classes weren’t canceled, all of those audiences would be vying for those parking spaces, she said.
Barnard said the decision was made after consultation with senior leadership, the deans, faculty leadership and the faculty at large.
September 20, 2013 at 9:25 PM
An underfed and neglected horse rescued three years ago by King County animal services is set to participate this weekend in a regional equestrian competition.
Dr. Gene Mueller of Regional Animal Services of King County says Delilah was one of five horses seized from a southeast King County farm in January 2010. The mare was pregnant then, standing in knee-deep mud. Some of the other animals died or were euthanized. The owner was cited for animal cruelty and fined.
Delilah was rehabilitated with the help of a horse rescue called Save a Forgotten Equine. Both she and her foal were adopted.
The mare’s natural athletic talent was recognized, and now she’s competing in dressage, an equestrian sport in which horses perform special movements in response to signals from their riders.
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