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Scott Frost news conference, 12/3/17

Scott Frost speaks as Huskers athletic director Bill Moos looks on during a news conference after being introduced as the new Nebraska head football coach on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at Memorial Stadium.

Scott Frost can earn nearly $1 million in bonuses for a national championship season and ensured multi-year protection for his assistants during contract negotiations, his signed memorandum of understanding shows.

The agreement, signed Nov. 27 and obtained by the Journal Star on Monday morning via a records request, ensures two-year contracts for all assistant coaches, outlines bonus structures for conference and postseason success and confirms the contract length and assistant salary pools previously announced by NU.

The full contract has not yet been released. The MOU says the complete employment agreement must be executed within 10 days of Frost's start date. 

Frost’s base contract is $5 million per year through Dec. 31, 2024, a seven-year agreement.

In each season, he can earn up to $300,000 for a conference championship and $650,000 for a national title.

Frost's 10 assistant coaches, head strength and conditioning coach and director of football operations can earn bonuses of 15 percent for a conference title and 25 percent for a national title.

Here's how the conference-related bonuses break down for Frost and his staff. These are not successive, meaning one bonus will be paid based on the highest level of achievement.  

*Win or tie division championship: Frost earns $100,000, staff gets 5 percent bonus 

*Appear in conference championship game: Frost earns $200,000

*Win conference championship: Frost earns $300,000, staff gets 15 percent bonus 

Bonuses for postseason play follow in a similar way. 

*Non-College Football Playoff bowl appearance: Frost earns $150,000, staff earns 8.33 percent (one month's pay)

*New Year's Six bowl game appearance: Frost earns $250,000, staff earns 16.67 percent (two months) 

*CFP semifinal appearance: Frost earns $300,000, staff earns 20 percent

*CFP championship game appearance: Frost earns $350,000, staff earns 22.5 percent 

*CFP national championship: Frost earns $650,000, staff earns 25 percent. 

That structure means if the Huskers were to win both a conference and national championships, Frost would take home $950,000 in incentive compensation and each staff member would earn an extra 40 percent above his annual salary. 

The pool for the assistants and head strength coach is $5 million.

Among other provisions in the agreement: Frost will be provided with up to 20 personal hours of private jet travel for he and his family to use.

Frost and Moos on Sunday talked about the seven-year deal as an indicator of commitment from both parties — and also about the length of time needed to build the program in a sustainable way — but the buyout numbers are also large. 

If the school fired Frost without cause, it would owe $5 million per year for each of the contract's first five years, and then $2.5 million for each of the final two. 

If Frost leaves, he would owe $2.5 million per year remaining on the deal, prorated for partial years. 

Contact the writer at or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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