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Week 9 of college football pitted conference rivals Northwestern against Wisconsin, Georgia versus Florida, Clemson facing Florida State and much more.
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Big bonuses aren’t the only rewards major-college football head coaches can attain at this time of year.

Automatic contract extensions also are in play — often accompanied by bonuses for the current season.

On Saturday night, Kentucky’s Mark Stoops and Fresno State’s Jeff Tedford both pulled off that exacta, as their teams’ seventh wins of the season meant cash for both the current campaign and one in the future, according to contracts obtained by USA TODAY Sports as part of its annual survey of coaches’ pay.

Those achievements came not long after Utah’s Kyle Whittingham got set up for at least $172,500 and Penn State’s James Franklin at least $200,000 by wins that qualified their respective teams for bowl appearances. (Utah’s came late Friday night at UCLA, Penn State’s on Saturday at home against Iowa.)

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Stoops gets $250,000 for the Wildcats’ 15-14 victory at Missouri on the game’s final play — an amount that supersedes a $50,000 or $100,000 payment he would have gotten had Kentucky played in a bowl game after a six-win season. But now that the Wildcats are 7-1, he is getting $250,000 for each additional game that the team wins, including in the postseason.

In the longer-range picture, win No. 7 also means a contract extension through June 30, 2024, with that additional season set to pay Stoops $5.25 million. He would get 75% of that — or $3,937,500 — if he is fired without cause before that season.

If Kentucky gets to 10 wins this season, including postseason play, Stoops will get yet another year added to his deal that would pay $5.5 million and also be 75% guaranteed. Stoops also triggered a one-year extension last season.

Tedford is following a similar path, albeit with less money involved. As with Stoops, he tacked on a year to his deal last season. Fresno State’s 50-20 blowout of Hawaii late Saturday night means his agreement now runs through Dec. 1, 2023. The new additional year is set to be worth just over $1.75 million, with at least 80% of that guaranteed.

Tedford also will collect a $50,000 bonus for Saturday night’s win No. 7 — an amount that comes on top of the $100,000 he achieved for six wins and the $100,000 he’ll get for a bowl game with a payout of $1.4 million or less.

He’ll also get $50,000 more for each additional regular-season win.

Head coaches at public schools have now accumulated nearly $2.7 million in bonuses this season.

Here is the rest Saturday’s tote board, alphabetically by school and assuming that the teams reach postseason play and meet any academic or other requirements needed for the coach to actually be paid the bonus. Amounts do not include those for assistant coaches or other administrators and staff — including athletics directors — whose contracts also may call for bonuses for bowl games or other achievements. Some of these amounts could increase for additional wins or improvement in bowl status.

• Boise State’s Bryan Harsin: $35,000 for a bowl game not among the six affiliated with the College Football Playoff.

• Clemson’s Dabo Swinney: $50,000 for a non-CFP bowl with at least eight regular-season wins.

• Connecticut’s Randy Edsall: At least $4,000 for meeting single-game statistical goals.

• Florida International’s Butch Davis: $35,000 for a non-CFP bowl.

• Kansas’ David Beaty: $100,000 for a win over a team from a Power Five conference (the Jayhawks defeated TCU).

• North Texas’ Seth Littrell: $20,000 for the team’s seventh win of the season.

• Virginia’s Bronco Mendenhall: $75,000 for a non-CFP bowl.

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