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With the Huskies in the playoff, how much will Chris Petersen and UW’s coaches make in bonus money?

Coach Chris Petersen addresses the team the end of the University of Washington Huskies annual spring football preview at Husky Stadium, April 23, 2016.
Coach Chris Petersen addresses the team the end of the University of Washington Huskies annual spring football preview at Husky Stadium, April 23, 2016. phaley@thenewstribune.com

Washington’s success this season not only netted the Huskies their first-ever appearance in the College Football Playoff. It will also allow UW’s coaches to cash in on a number of performance incentives included in their contracts, with the entire staff already earning upwards of $1.2 million in combined bonuses.

Head coach Chris Petersen obviously stands to profit the most. Already, he has earned $150,000 for winning the Pac-12 championship ($50,000 for appearing in the title game and $100,000 for winning it), as well as another $400,000 for appearing in a College Football Playoff semifinal. Petersen is also due $125,000 in exchange for the Huskies achieving a team Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 970 or better. UW checked in at 974.

Each of UW’s nine assistant coaches are due $5,000 for the APR score, plus $16,000 for winning the Pac-12 title game ($6,000 for appearing and $10,000 for winning it), and another $45,000 each for appearing in the College Football Playoff semifinal ($20,000 for playing in a CFP bowl, and another $25,000 for that bowl being a national semifinal -- slightly different language than Petersen’s contract. I verified this with a UW spokesperson).

So, each UW assistant is already due a total of $66,000, with the potential to earn another $25,000 each for a CFP title game appearance (or $30,000 instead for winning the national championship). Petersen would make an additional $450,000 if UW were to beat Alabama and advance to the national title game (or $500,000 instead for winning the national championship).

As it is, Petersen has already earned a total of $675,000 in bonuses, and his staff of nine assistants have earned a combined $594,000 for a staff total of $1.269 million. If UW beats Alabama, the school will owe the coaching staff at least an additional $675,000, with that figure potentially rising to $770,000 with a victory in the national championship game.

Petersen, in the third year of a contract that runs through the 2020 season, is guaranteed $3.6 million in total compensation before bonuses. UW’s assistant coaches are guaranteed a total of $3.54 million in compensation this season before bonuses.

The maximum amount of total bonus money the UW coaching staff could earn is $2.039 million -- $1.175 million for Petersen, and $96,000 for each of UW’s nine assistants. The Huskies are two victories away from making that happen.

Christian Caple: 253-597-8437, @ChristianCaple

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