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Bowl Press Conference, 12/31/2013 (copy)

The beginning of March brings a scheduled pay raise to Bo Pelini. It also brings more attention to the fact all remains quiet in regards to whether the Husker head coach will have his contract extended.

A school spokeswoman said Feb. 3 that Pelini's annual evaluation, and potential contract changes, were expected to be finished by the end of the month. Pelini said Thursday that the evaluation "is in the works." A spokeswoman said Friday there was no updated contract information to give at this time.

As it is, Pelini's previous contract currently runs through the 2017 season. That contract was signed in mid-December of 2012, with a one-year extension given then by outgoing athletic director Tom Osborne.

Whether or not another extension is soon given, the terms in Pelini's previous contract bring a $100,000 escalation in salary to the head coach each year, with the raise for 2014 going into effect today.

With it, Pelini's base salary increases from $2.975 million to $3.075 million a year. The seventh-year head coach owns a 57-24 record at Nebraska.

In other coaching salary news, two Big Ten coaches landed significant raises this week.

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio signed a six-year contract that will pay him $3.64 million a year. He was making $1.99 million annually. And Minnesota's Jerry Kill vaulted from $1.2 million a year to $2.1 million, with a one-year extension tacked on.

Reach Brian Christopherson at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. Follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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