Christmas came early for Oregon coach Mario Cristobal, who earned a $100,000 bonus for leading Oregon to a bowl berth with at least seven regular season wins.
Cha-ching! However, while $100,000 is a lot of money, it’s a smidgen of what he could have earned for a bonus.
In his first-year as Oregon's head coach, Cristobal earned $2.5 million for the 2018-19 season, making him the 8th highest paid Pac-12 coach and the 54th highest in the nation. As an assistant last season, Cristobal was paid $700,000.
The upside for Cristobal’s contract is his maximum bonus of $1,825,000, the 8th highest in the nation.
Alas, he missed out on over a million in bonuses, from $25,000 for earning Pac-12 coach of the year honors to $500,000 for winning the College Football Playoff championship game.
And while there is no bonus financial incentive for Cristobal to win the Redbox Bowl, a bowl victory over Michigan State would make the 2018 season successful and memorable.
Oregon hasn’t won a bowl game since 2014. Let that sink in for a second… The last postseason victory was the college football semifinal Rose Bowl game against Florida State… That was two head coaches ago.
Cristobal could start his own run at greatness with a victory in Oregon’s first ever appearance in a Bay Area bowl game. Which would maybe take the sting out of all the money that was left on the table.
The Ducks finished 8-4 overall and 5-4 in conference play, missing the following potential bonuses:
- $100,000 for nine regular season wins
- $100,000 for ten regular season wins
- $200,000 for 11 regular season wins
- $250,000 for 12 regular season wins
Washington (10-3, 7-2 Pac-12) secured the Pac-12 North and won the conference title, meaning that Cristobal missed out on the following:
- $100,000 for winning the Pac-12 North Division
- $150,000 for winning the Pac-12 Championship
Failing to make the college football playoff means Cristobal lost:
- $500,000 for winning the College Football Playoff National Championship
- $250,000 for playing in the CFP National Championship Game
- $200,000 for playing in the CFP Semi-Finals
- $175,000 for a CFP Bowl outside of the Semi-Finals
All in all, if Cristobal would’ve led the Ducks to a national championship, he would’ve earned over $1.5 million in bonuses.
One potential bonus remains for Cristobal:
- $100,000 for an academic progress rate grade of 985 or greater (measures how well a program has done at advancing its athletes toward graduation).
Oregon will play Michigan State (7-5) at 12 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.