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Nebraska Coach Will Earn $200,000

March 1, 1998

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ The $200,000 base salary for new Nebraska football coach Frank Solich will exceed what former coach Tom Osborne earned by $50,000, the Omaha World-Herald reported Sunday.

Solich has not signed a contract. Chancellor James Moeser and Gary Fouraker, associate athletics director for business, said Saturday that Nebraska is considering a 5-year deal.

Compensation also would include a $25,000 endowed chair and undisclosed outside revenue from summer football camps, athletic apparel contracts and radio and television promotions.

The base salary information became public Saturday when the Board of Regents approved the endowed chair for Solich during a meeting in Lincoln.

The chair is tied to the coaching position and was included in Osborne’s $150,000 base salary last season. Osborne retired after Nebraska’s 42-17 win over Tennessee in the Orange Bowl.

Regent Drew Miller voted against the pay increase for Solich, saying it was ``big and unnecessary.″ Moeser said the salary is comparable to what coaches earn at similarly sized programs.

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