West Virginia Signs Coach Bill Stewart to Six-Year Contract

College Football FanaticCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2008

Mountaineers football coach Bill Stewart has been signed to a six-year deal that will pay him $800,000 this year, with the salary annually increasing by $50,000.

Athletic Director Ed Pastilong said that Stewart's base salary is $150,000. He will earn another $550,000 in income for promotional purposes, which includes television and radio appearances with the Mountaineer Sports Network.

Also included in the deal is a $100,000 retention fee that he will get on Sept. 1 each year that he stays with WVU.

Stewart can also earn an additional $400,000 each year in incentives and $150,000 for a national championship.

Stewart is the successor to Rich Rodriguez at WVU. He was picked to be the head coach on Jan. 3 after beating No. 3 Oklahoma 48-28 in the Fiesta Bowl.