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Nevada head coach Norvell signs new 5-year contract

Field Level Media

March 04, 2020 at 12:33 am.

Nevada football coach Jay Norvell has signed a new five-year contract that will run through the 2024 season, the school announced Tuesday.

Norvell, 56, will earn a yearly guaranteed base salary and compensation totaling $625,000 along with supplemental compensation bonuses depending on how well the Wolf Pack program does on the field and in the classroom.

“Jay has done a great job guiding our program and developing our student-athletes over the past three seasons,” athletic director Doug Knuth said in statement on the school’s website. “Because of his leadership, there are a great many reasons to be excited about the trajectory of our program as the future of Wolf Pack football is bright.”

In the past two seasons, Nevada has 15 victories and trips to two bowl games, beating Arkansas State in the 2018 Arizona Bowl, then falling to Ohio 30-21 on Jan. 3 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl after finishing the 2019 regular season 7-5. His overall record in three seasons with the Wolf Pack is 18-20, including 12-12 in the Mountain West Conference.

“I am appreciative of the support of the program shown by university president Marc Johnson and athletics director Doug Knuth,” Norvell said in the statement. “The commitment of higher compensation for our staff is an important piece of the further growth of our program. My family and I love living in Northern Nevada and I take great pride in being the head football coach at the University of Nevada.”

Norvell had two seasons remaining on the five-year deal he received upon being hired.

Norvell, who played linebacker and defensive back at Iowa from 1982-85, has served as an assistant coach at several universities, including as Oklahoma’s co-offensive coordinator from 2011-14. He also coached wide receivers with the Indianapolis Colts (1998-2001) and tight ends with the Oakland Raiders (2002-03).