Jeff Traylor and UTSA have agreed to a 10-year, $28 million contract extension that could make it a lot harder for Texas Tech to lure him to Lubbock to replace Matt Wells.
UTSA released information about the agreement on Sunday, which included a statement from Traylor, the second-year coach that has led the undefeated Roadrunners to their first Top 25 ranking in school history.
“They (UTSA) proactively engaged me on an extension discussion at the start of the season, and my staff and I are thrilled about what the future holds for this program,” Traylor said.
The contract is one of the most lucrative for any Group of 5 head coach. Greg Luca of the San Antonio Express-News noted that no head coach among Group of 5 schools that will be in the G5 after realignment is making $2.5 million per year. The salary eventually escalates to $3.5 million per year. Traylor’s first contract topped out at less than $1 million.
While Texas Tech could certainly pay more than UTSA — the Red Raiders were paying Wells more than $3 million when he was let go last week — the contract also comes with a $7 million buyout should Traylor decide to leave before the end of the first year of the deal.
UTSA is in Conference USA right now, but it is set to move to the American Athletic Conference in 2023.
Traylor also thanked the Texas High School Coaches Association. The latter is important to Traylor due to his high-school roots in Texas, where he coached at Gilmer High School and won three state titles.
Those roots in Texas high school football helped bring Traylor’s name to the surface almost immediately after the Red Raiders led Wells go as head coach. Sonny Cumbie is the interim head coach.
Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt told reporters that he wanted a new head coach with Texas roots and with good connections with Texas high school coaches.
Traylor’s name was floated immediately as an eventual replacement, as was SMU head coach Sonny Dykes, who is the son of former Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes and previously served as an assistant for former Red Raiders head coach Mike Leach.
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