Phenicie contract extension approved

Bengals Head Coach Rob Phenicie and Bengals' quarterback Tanner Gueller (04) celebrate after defeating Western Oregon during the season opener at Holt Arena in Pocatello, Id. on Thursday, August 31, 2017. (Photo/ John Roark, jroark@postregister.com)

Idaho State University head football coach Rob Phenicie’s 3-year, $495,000 contract was approved by the Idaho State Board of Education, 8-0, late last week. Phenicie is due to make $165,000 annually under the proposed agreement, which overrides his current 2-year deal with ISU.

Phenicie and ISU verbally agreed to the contract on Oct. 23.

Phenicie’s contract will retain him as the program’s head coach through Jan. 31, 2021. His initial 10-month contract will be terminated on Jan. 31, 2018.

Phencie’s new contract will also include incentives that could increase potential yearly earnings to $226,000. The bonuses includes Big Sky Conference championships, appearances in the FCS playoffs, satisfactory Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, Big Sky Coach of the Year honors, regular season and postseason victories and an average home attendance above 6,000 each season.

According to the board’s agenda on Dec. 21: “Coach Phenicie has waived the right to receive supplemental pay for participating in “money games”. Instead, the payment will be distributed as follows: one percent (1%) of the contractual payment will be paid in equal shares to each assistant coach if the team loses, and three percent (3%) of the contractual payment will be paid in equal shares to each assistant coach if the team wins.”

Phenicie is also obligated to pay Idaho State’s athletic department anywhere between $10,000 to $30,000 if he terminates his contract early.

In 2017, Phenicie coached the Bengals to a 4-7 season and 2-6 in Big Sky Conference play.

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