SAN JOSE -- San Jose State's new football coach Ron Caragher will earn nearly one-third more than predecessor Mike MacIntyre, according to documents obtained by this newspaper.
Caragher's contract will pay him a minimum of $525,000 annually, with the potential to reach $720,000 with bonus money for meeting incentives.
MacIntyre was paid a minimum of $395,000 at San Jose State. He left to coach at Colorado, where he will make $2 million annually. This past season at SJSU, MacIntyre made about $465,000 with various incentive bonuses, which included $17,000 for the Spartans' win over BYU.
MacIntyre's old contract placed him in the middle of the pack in the Western Athletic Conference but would've made him the lowest paid coach when SJSU joins the Mountain West Conference next season.
Caragher's deal still ranks low on the conference ladder, ahead of only new Nevada coach Brian Polian and UNLV coach Bobby Hauck. Contract information for new Utah State coach Gary Wells hasn't been released yet, but previous coach Gary Anderson made $415,000, according to the USA Today.
The five-year deal for Caragher includes a buyout of $750,000 if he leaves for another job before Jan. 30, 2016. After that, the buyout dips to $550,000 until June 30, 2017.
Caragher can earn a $40,000 bonus if the Spartans win a conference championship and $100,000 if the team plays in a BCS bowl game. There's a $10,000 bonus for participating in a non-BCS bowl game.
He also would earn $40,000 for winning eight or more games in a season and $10,000 if he was named the conference coach of the year. There's also a $5,000 bonus for having a single-year Academic Progress Rate score of 960 or higher.
San Jose State's single-year APR for the 2010-11 academic year -- the most recent year in which statistics are available -- is 981. It's four-year score through 2010-11 is 959.