New USF football coach Alex Golesh will make $2.5 million for the first three years of his six-year deal, according to the contract obtained Monday by the Tampa Bay Times through an open-records request.
His deal, dated Dec. 3 and effective on the Monday he was introduced, includes a $500,000 base salary and $2 million in supplemental pay for things like media appearances and fundraising events. The supplemental figure jumps to $2.1 million for 2026-28. Golesh will also receive $800 a month for a car stipend and $35,000 in moving expenses.
Though Golesh’s full pay is comparable to the $2.4 million the Bulls paid Jeff Scott last season, USF has increased its salary pool for assistant coaches and support staff. It starts at $4.5 million for Golesh’s staff — an increase of $750,000 from what the Bulls had agreed to pay Scott’s staff for the 2023 year.
If Golesh left for another job next year, he would owe $3 million. That figure decreases to $500,000 in 2028.
If USF fires Golesh without cause, the Bulls owe him 20 weeks of his $500,000 base salary. That number does not include any money from private organizations, like the USF Foundation.
USF and Golesh agree to renegotiate his salary if USF joins a Power Five conference, but Golesh’s raise will be at least $1 million annually.
The contract lists several performance-related bonuses for Golesh, starting with $10,000 if he wins eight regular-season games.
Conference championship game appearance: $25,000
Conference championship: $50,000
Finishing between 16th and 25th in the College Football Playoff rankings: $20,000
Finishing between 11th and 15th in the CFP rankings: $30,000
Top-10 finish in CFP rankings: $50,000
Beating a top-10 team: $10,000
Bowl game appearance: $25,000
Bowl win: $50,000
Playoff appearance: $200,000
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