Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY
Published 1:46 a.m. ET Nov. 17, 2019
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Mario Cristobal’s basic annual pay from Oregon for this season is $2.6 million. That ranks him sixth among the 10 public-school coaches in the Pac-12 and 56th overall in USA TODAY Sports’ coaches’ compensation database for 2019, which includes pay figures for 122 coaches.
Cristobal, however, has lucrative incentives written into his contract. And the sixth-ranked Ducks’ success means he’s cashing in this year, as Cristobal is now up to $750,000 in bonuses, with much more potentially ahead.
When Oregon walked off the field 34-6 winners over Arizona on Saturday night in Eugene, Cristobal earned a $100,000 bonus for capturing the Pac-12 North Division championship and had another $250,000 heading toward his bank account because the victory was the Ducks’ ninth of the regular season.
Unlike many coaches, Cristobal did not earn a bonus when Oregon became eligible for a bowl game with its sixth win. But his contract has two sets of bonuses.
One is based on the level of the team’s bowl participation, beginning with $100,000 for playing in any bowl game with seven regular-season wins. With win No. 8, two weeks ago against Southern California, the bowl-participation bonus increased to $150,000.
But the eighth win also began triggering a separate set of incentives that Cristobal can rack up cumulatively. So, in addition to increasing the bowl-participation award, the eighth win gave Cristobal $250,000 for that achievement. Saturday night’s win gave him $250,000 more, plus the award for the Pac-12 division title.
If the Ducks beat Arizona State on Nov. 23, Cristobal will get yet another $250,000 for the 10th regular-season win. If they’re also victorious against Oregon State on Nov. 30, he’ll receive an additional $300,000 for the 11th regular-season win.
With Oregon’s spot in the Pac-12 title game locked up, Cristobal will have the chance to bring in $150,000 for the championship, plus more from the continued improvement of the Ducks’ bowl position.
Oddly enough, winning a College Football Playoff semifinal game would add only $50,000 to Cristobal’s bonus total. Winning the CFP title game, however, would be worth $500,000.
Contributing: Steve Berkowitz