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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Football coach's contract released

Video: Mack on former Warriors in NFL Combine

By Ferd Lewis
Advertiser Staff Writer

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Greg McMackin

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It would cost Greg McMackin half a year's salary, $550,000, to leave his University of Hawai'i head football coaching position before the expiration of his five-year contract, according to a copy of the agreement recently made public.

McMackin said the termination clause in his contract is: "OK (because) I'm not going to leave for another job," vowing to make it his final coaching job.

The contract, which began Jan. 16, is to run through Jan. 15, 2013, and pays him an annual base salary of $1,100,004.

McMackin's predecessor, June Jones, had a $400,008 termination clause, representing half his annual salary, payable within 60 days of termination. Jones announced his departure for Southern Methodist on Jan. 7, almost six months before the expiration of his contract.

Neither Jones' agent, Leigh Steinberg, nor UH was immediately available to say whether payment had been made.

The 58-year-old McMackin said he wanted a contract that bound both he and the school for the term. "I think what is different between the last contract and my contract is that I wanted to make sure I'm committed to being here and they were committed to me," McMackin said. "I'm bringing my whole family (to Hawai'i) and I wanted them (UH) to commit to me and I think they have."

McMackin's daughter and two grandchildren are due to join him and his wife here.

McMackin said yesterday's announcement of a landmark eight-year apparel and marketing deal with Under Armour is a reflection of his commitment. "I mean, that's why it is eight years, because I told them (Under Armour) that's about what I'm thinking 8 to 10 years."

Interim athletic director Carl Clapp praised McMackin and associate athletic director John McNamara as the "driving forces" behind getting the eight-year, $4.1 million deal for UH.

McMackin will receive a $50,000 bonus if UH makes a Bowl Championship Series appearance in his reign, $20,000 if the Warriors play in a non-BCS bowl game, $10,000 if UH wins a non-BCS game and $20,000 if UH wins the Western Athletic Conference championship. In addition, he can earn $10,000 for being WAC Coach of the Year and $20,000 if named national coach of the year.

Other provisions would reward him with a $15,000 bonus if season ticket sales reach 32,500 and an additional $15,000 if they hit 40,000. Last year, UH sold 22,975 and the school has set topping 30,000 as the goal for 2008.

In other news, a "non-disparagement" clause in the school's separation agreement with former athletic director Herman Frazier prohibits "current and future administrators, regents and officers" from making "disparaging or negative comments" about him and him about the school.

Frazier was terminated without cause Jan. 8, a day after Jones announced his departure for SMU.

Frazier, who held the AD job for 5 1/2 years, was recently an unsuccessful candidate for the University of Miami AD position. People in the track and field community said he is considered a leading candidate for the USA Track & Field CEO position.

Friends say he has been house hunting in Arizona.

Reach Ferd Lewis at flewis@honoluluadvertiser.com.