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CU gives Hawkins two-year contract extension

Published October 7, 2008 at 1:05 p.m.

Dan Hawkins has agreed to a two-year extension with the University of Colorado that goes through 2012.

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Dan Hawkins has agreed to a two-year extension with the University of Colorado that goes through 2012.

Dan Hawkins' rebuilding efforts as the University of Colorado's football coach have been fortified with a two-year contract extension that takes him through the 2012 season.

"Dan has brought respectability and pride back to CU when it was needed," athletic director Mike Bohn said Tuesday. "We believe the wins will come (and) will match the world-class status of the university. . . . We're honored and proud he's our coach."

Hawkins, who takes an 11-19 overall record (3-2 this season) at CU into Saturday's game at No. 16 Kansas, said signing the extension is as vital for his staff and for recruiting as it is for him.

He said his upbringing taught him to "show up, put your boots on and go to work (to) put food on the table." He added he hopes his assistant coaches someday can be afforded the security of multiyear contracts.

State law currently limits assistant coaches to one-year contracts, but Hawkins and Bohn said it was not unrealistic to envision the multiyear pacts for assistants that are becoming commonplace in the Big 12 Conference and elsewhere.

Only six employees in the CU system currently have multiyear deals, including four in the athletic department (Bohn, Hawkins, men's basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik and women's basketball coach Kathy McConnell-Miller).

"Laws are made by people and can be changed by people," Hawkins said.

Added Bohn: "I think (chancellor) Bud (Peterson) understands the importance of continuity . . . when you get a great one, you want to keep that team together."

Hawkins, who came to CU from Boise State in 2006, initially signed a five-year contract worth $4.25 million. That deal included performance incentives based on his team's academic progress, student citizenship and community outreach, as well as on-field performance by the Buffaloes.

The contract extension, agreed to and signed by Hawkins last week, includes additional performance incentives that will pay Hawkins $25,000 if he is chosen Big 12 Coach of the Year, $50,000 if he is national Coach of the Year, $50,000 if the Buffs win seven regular-season games and an additional $25,000 for eight regular-season wins.

Bohn said if all incentives are met, Hawkins could earn $2.5 million in the fourth year (2011) of the restructured contract and $2.6 million in the fifth year (2012).

Excluding performance incentives, Hawkins' contract includes guaranteed compensation in 2008-09 for base salary ($174,720); radio, television and public appearances ($514,500); sponsorship support ($210,000); and football camps ($52,500). The guaranteed total is $951,720.

The contract also includes a buyout clause that would cost Hawkins $1 million "if terminated between July 1, 2008, and the day after the final game of the 2009 football season, including any bowl game . . . "

Hawkins' buyout would be reduced to $500,000 if he wants to leave after the 2009 season through Aug. 30, 2012.

Other athletic department issues addressed by Bohn:

* CU's practice bubble likely will be up by the last week of this month. Reason for the delay: Athletic department maintenance workers are being taught by the manufacturer how to install it. "We're learning how to play with our new toy," Bohn said.

* Football season-ticket sales for 2008 hit 22,603, a 1,369 increase from 2007 and a 2,180 increase from 2006. Bohn said 1,415 of the 1,900 club seats at Folsom Field were sold this season, a total that was up 325 from 2007 and 488 from 2006.

* Proposed facilities improvements for basketball and volleyball are on track. Locker rooms at the Coors Events Center have been renovated, and weight-room equipment for the events center is to be installed "in the next couple of weeks," Bohn said, adding an "aggressive timeline" has been established for the construction of practice facilities near the Coors complex.

* Some of the gold T-shirts distributed by the school for last weekend's Texas game were thrown onto the Folsom Field turf. Bohn conceded the behavior didn't play well on national television but noted studies showed ejections were "one of every 1,000 fans. We'd like to have zero . . . we want to get to the point where we're above average."

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