Bill O'Brien led the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 season last year and received close to a $1 million raise in his base salary. (Centre Daily Times/Getty Images)
Penn State's head football coach Bill O'Brien received an amended contract including a substantial raise, reports ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. O'Brien, who joined the team 16 months ago, had his base salary increased from $950,000 to $1.93 million. The contract is a five-year deal that includes a decrease in 2014 and then 5 percent increases in each year that follows. The average spread across the 2013-2016 period is $3.2 million per year. There are additional performance incentives for a division title, a Big Ten titles, making a bowl game and winning the national championship.
Additional amendments to the contract are possible, depending on O'Brien's success. (The revised contract is here.)
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Prior to joining the Nittany Lions, O'Brien held assistant coaching positions with the Patriots and various colleges (Duke, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Brown). He led the team to an 8-4 record last season.