New UNLV football coach, athletic director would receive bonuses for BCS appearance

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Stacey Hauck, wife of new UNLV head football coach Bobby Hauck, and UNLV Athletic Director Jim Livengood attend a news conference introducing the new coach at UNLV Wednesday, December 23, 2009. Hauck had a 80-17 record at Montana where he was the head coach from 2003.

UNLV New Football Coach-Bobby Hauck

UNLV officially ended its search for a new football coach today by announcing former University of Montana head coach Bobby Hauck as their new man.

Bobby Hauk introduced at UNLV

New UNLV head football coach Bobby Hauck smiles during a news conference at UNLV Wednesday, December 23, 2009. Hauck had a 80-17 record at Montana where he was the head coach from 2003. Launch slideshow »

The UNLV football team hasn't played in a bowl game since the 2000 Las Vegas Bowl.

But if newly hired coach Bobby Hauck turns the program around and the Rebels reach a Bowl Champions Series game, the 45-year-old coach would receive a $100,000 bonus.

That was part of a three-year contract approved Wednesday afternoon during a special meeting of the Board of Regents conducted via video conference.

Hauck will receive a base salary of $350,000 per year with a retention clause that would pay an additional $450,000 if he completes all three years of the deal. In addition to the bonus for reaching a BSC game, other highlights of Hauck's deal include a bonus of $10,000 to $20,000 for bowl-game appearances.

Jim Livengood, who was hired last week as athletic director, also had his three-year contract approved Wednesday. Like Hauck, Livengood would see a pay increase if the Rebels where to reach a BCS game.

Livengood, 64, would receive six months salary if the Rebels played in a BCS game. His contract calls for a base annual salary of $295,000 and the use of two automobiles. Incentives are one month salary for academic achievements, a Sweet 16 basketball appearances or a football bowl game.

Livengood's contract at the University of Arizona, where he worked as athletic director the past 16 years, was set to expire June 30. It was not going to be renewed.

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  1. "BSC game" lol