Following West Virginia’s (0-2, 0-1 Big 12) 55-42 overtime loss to Kansas (2-0, 1-0 Big 12), CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd tweeted out Neal Brown’s contract information. As many fans may be calling for an exit in Morgantown for Brown, it turns out that’ll be an expensive price for West Virginia to pay.
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) September 11, 2022
Brown would be owed $16.7 million if he were to be fired at the end of this season. Furthermore, the contract states that he will be paid in full for any remaining salaries should he be fired prior to December 31, 2024. If he were fired after next season, then the university would still owe him $12.7 million.
After 2024 and until the end of his contract, which runs through 2026, the school will only have to pay 85% of his remaining salary if they wished to terminate him. Each year, the cost decreases by his salary which is averaged to be four million per year.
Of course, if Brown is able to right the ship this year then his termination cost doesn’t matter. There are several performance bonuses in his contract that could help him get paid more ranging from a bowl appearance to academic performance of the team.