FSU coach Willie Taggart spoke about the early signing period class.
Wayne McGahee III, Tallahassee Democrat
Florida State released the contract details for offensive coordinator Kendal Briles Wednesday.
Briles will make $1 million — $200,000 in base salary and $800,000 in additional compensation — each year he coaches at FSU. He signed a three year deal on Dec. 23 with the Seminoles, which expires Feb. 28, 2022.
Briles is not the first FSU assistant coach to make $1 million in a season with the Seminoles, but he will be the first to make $1 million annually.
FSU defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett has an annual salary of $980,000, but received a $25,000 signing bonus in 2018, which pushed him to $1,005,000 for the year.
FSU coach Willie Taggart is expected to make additional coaching moves.
Briles signed an extension with Houston following the 2018 season that would have paid him $700,000 annually if he had remained with the Cougars.
FSU will pay $900,000 to Houston for Briles’ buyout. Briles would be responsible for whatever money is still owed to Houston past FSU’s contribution.
He will also be given a laptop, a cell phone, a $650 per month vehicle allowance, five tickets to each home football game, two tickets to each home basketball and baseball game, and $20,000 for relocation expenses.
If Briles were to leave FSU of his own volition before the final game of the 2020-21 football season, he would owe a $500,000 buyout to FSU unless he takes a head coaching position or a job in the NFL.
FSU would owe Briles 20 weeks of compensation if it relieves him of his duties before the end of his contract.
Briles initial contract at Houston included a morality clause. The clause gave Houston the right to terminate Briles if any new information came out regarding the Baylor sexual assualt scandal that connected him to the events that took place.
FSU did not include a morality clause in his contract.
There are clauses in the contract that could be used to terminate Briles with cause if any new information came to light.
“The Employee’s fraud and/or dishonesty in entering into, or in the performance of the Employee’s duties and/or responsibilities under this Agreement, and/or if not disclosed by the Employee to the University in writing prior to the execution of this Agreement, the Employee’s fraud and/or dishonesty in any other context, whenever occurring and whether or not relating to the Employee’s employment, that may adversely reflect on and/or affect the reputation, mission, and/or interests of the University.”
FSU assistants made $5,715,000 last year, according to USA Today.
FSU recently hired wide receivers coach Ron Dugans, and more coaching changes are expected.
Wide receivers coach David Kelly remains on staff currently, but could be moving into an off-field role for the Seminoles once the expected coaching changes happen. He made $375,000 last season.