Lya Wodraska, The Salt Lake Tribune’s excellent Utah football beat writer, wrote a good article about Utes coach Kyle Whittingham that you can find here. To run with the article, she compiled a list of the salaries of the Mountain West Conference head coaches.
Air Force coach Troy Calhoun’s base salary ranks seventh among the nine coaches in the league.
When Calhoun first was hired, prior to the 2007 season, he signed a five-year deal with a base salary of $500,000 that was to increase by 5 percent each year.
But the academy restructured his contract after the 2007 campaign, bumping his base salary to $560,000. Athletic director Hans Mueh at the time said he had offered Calhoun a larger raise but Calhoun turned it down because he wanted to make sure his assistants received raises too.
Calhoun’s deal is now structured as a “rolling” contract that will renew automatically each year so he always will have five years remaining. Calhoun’s base salary ranks seventh among coaches in the league. The total value of his deal, when factoring in benefits, is $646,000.