Aug. 19, 2005
CBS wire reports

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia football coach Al Groh agreed to a new five-year contract Friday that will make his annual compensation $1.7 million, a raise of nearly $1 million over the first contract he signed with the school.


Groh went 30-21 in the first four years of his original seven-year deal, which will be superseded by the new contract, school officials said.

The new deal calls for an annual salary of $240,000 and $1.46 million in compensation for fund-raising responsibilities, radio and television appearances and product endorsements. It also includes possible bonuses if Virginia goes to a bowl game.

Groh's original seven-year deal included a salary of $200,000 and total compensation of $765,000 annually.

"Coach Groh has provided strong leadership for the university's football program, and we want to ensure continuity in its future academic and athletic successes," athletic director Craig Littlepage said in a statement released by the school.

The Cavaliers have won at least eight games and played in a bowl the past three years under Groh, who left after one season as head coach of the New York Jets to return to his alma mater and replace the retiring George Welsh in 2001.

"In part, this contract also is driven by the view that our program is emerging as a top 20 program under his guidance and has been in contention for the Atlantic Coast Conference title," Littlepage said.

Virginia opens this season at home against Western Michigan on Sept. 3.

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