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Details have been revealed on the six-year deal Tony Elliott signed to become the head coach of the Virginia football program, as first reported on Monday night by Mike Barber at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Elliott will make an estimated $4.1 million in his first season in 2022 and that payment will increase by around $150,000 every two seasons. 

In his final season as Virginia head coach, Bronco Mendenhall's base salary was $4.25 million. 

Here is a breakdown of Elliott's salary for the next six seasons at UVA: 

Tony Elliott Virginia Football Head Coach Contract



$4.1 million


$4.24 million


$4.24 million


$4.4 million


$4.4 million


$4.55 million

The offer sheet Elliott signed included a $350,000 signing bonus and $40,000 for moving expenses. 

The details of the contract stipulate an automatic extension if Virginia makes an appearance in the ACC Championship Game or if the Cavaliers have a 10-win season. 

There is an $8 million buyout in the deal, but that amount will be lowered by $2 million each season. 

Elliott's contract also includes the following bonus incentives: 

Tony Elliott Contract Bonus Incentives


ACC Championship Game appearance


ACC Championship


Bowl game appearance


College Football Playoff appearance


Top 25 Final Ranking


Top 20 Final Ranking


Top 15 Final Ranking


Top 10 Final Ranking


Top 5 Final Ranking


ACC Coach of the Year


At Clemson, Elliott was one of the top-paid assistants in college football. In February of 2021, Elliott signed an extension that elevated his annual salary to $2 million. 

Virginia has certainly made Elliott's decision to take the UVA football head coaching job a lucrative one. 

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