Inside Bill Stewart's contract

September, 22, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

West Virginia would owe Bill Stewart $850,000 for every year remaining on his contract if it fires him, and Stewart would have to pay the Mountaineers $1 million if he left for another coaching job.

Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail revealed those details of the six-year deal Stewart signed Sept. 10 and which the paper obtained through open records requests. You can read the story here and see the full contract here.

The contract tries to address some of the messy problems that followed Rich Rodriguez's departure to Michigan. For example, if Stewart leaves West Virginia for another coaching job, Casazza reports, he cannot in the next year "personally contact or otherwise seek to recruit any high school student or transfer prospective student athlete ... previously contacted or recruited by the University."

At the time of his resignation, Rodriguez was recruiting current Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and told Pryor that he was taking the Michigan job even before he told his own team.

He also recruited a handful of WVU commitments and prospects, including WVU offensive guard Josh Jenkins.

Cell phone records showed Rodriguez used his WVU cell phone to contact other recruits and he allegedly shredded personnel documents as he was moving out of his office.

In the event of termination by either side, Stewart would have to return all "materials or articles of information, including without limitation, keys, key cards, cell phones, computers, equipment, parking passes, automobiles, personnel records, recruiting records, team information, video, statistics or any other material documents, correspondence, or other data furnished to the Coach by the University or developed by the Coach."

Stewart's base salary is $150,000,plus $550,000 in supplemental compensation. He's gets a $50,000 raise every year and an additional $50,000 for a Bowl Championship Series victory. He'll receive a $100,000 retention bonus for every Sept. 1 that he remains the head coach. The contract is worth at least $5.45 million and could be worth much more with incentives.

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