UTSA No.16 and coach Jeff Traylor have agreed to a $ 28 million contract extension that will run through the 2031 season.
The school announced on Sunday that Traylor’s annual salary will average $ 2.8 million. The longtime Texas high school coach, 54, is 15-5 in two seasons at Texas-San Antonio. His name had emerged as a possible candidate for the recently opened head coach position at Texas Tech.
âJeff saw something special at UTSA when he expressed his interest in this work and we also knew we had someone special when we hired him to take over our program,â said the director. UTSA athlete Lisa Campos in a statement.
The Roadrunners (8-0) are in the middle of the program’s best season since joining the first tier of Division I college football in 2012. They currently lead Conference USA and are ranked for the first time.
âI say it all the time, but this game is about the players and they’re the reason we’re in this profession to begin with,â Traylor said in a statement. “That’s exactly why we chose to make this announcement today. We should all be talking about what they’ve accomplished this season, they make history every week.”
UTSA also recently announced that it will move from C-USA to the American Athletic Conference, although an exact date for the transition remains to be determined.
Traylor is now likely to be the coach who will guide UTSA through this transition. A native of Gilmer, Texas, east of Dallas, spent 15 years coaching Gilmer High School before joining Charlie Strong’s staff in Texas as an Assistant Texas in 2015.
He spent a season three seasons as an assistant at SMU and Arkansas under Chad Morris before replacing Frank Wilson in December 2019 at UTSA.
The new contract includes a buyback of 60% of all compensation if Traylor is terminated without cause.
If Traylor were to leave before or during the first year of the deal, the school would owe $ 7.5 million. The buyout drops to $ 7 million in the second year, and then to an additional $ 1 million in each of the following three years.
The agreement also provides for a salary pool for assistant coaches and support staff of around $ 3 million per year.