In an image likely to remain indelible for Colorado basketball fans following last week's emotional win at USC, athletic director Rich George showed Tad Boyle the love by wrapping the Buffaloes' head coach in a jubilant bear hug.
On Wednesday, George and CU's Board of Regents showed Boyle the money.
As expected, the automatic one-year extension for Boyle that became official Jan. 1 was approved during the Board of Regents meeting. The terms of the deal, however, were altered slightly, and assuming Boyle still is in charge next fall he will go into his 10th season at the helm with a significant raise.
The latest version of Boyle's contract bumps his base pay from $175,968 to $350,000. The various supplemental salaries Boyle receives also increased to various degrees, raising the total of Boyle's base and supplemental salaries to $1,807,200.
Boyle's previous financial terms approved in 2017 featured a base and supplemental total of $1,426,663. The new contract, which kicks in July 1 and runs through June 30, 2024, features a base and supplemental raise of $380,537 per year.
The language of the deal essentially remains unaltered, including the same automatic one-year extension that gets invoked every year on Jan. 1 unless either the university or Boyle chooses to opt out by Dec. 31. Three different character and academic incentive clauses also increased — the three different clauses currently are worth up to $25,000 apiece, but will increase to up to $35,000 in the new deal — but none of the performance bonuses changed.
In fact, Wednesday's win against Arizona State gave the Buffs their 15th victory of the season, earning Boyle a $30,000 bonus. Those types of bonus clauses remain the same in the new deal, with a $20,000 bonus on the horizon if the surging Buffs reach 17 regular-season wins.
The regents showed more favor to the basketball program than they did in the 6-3 vote for the approval of football assistant coach contracts. Boyle's deal was approved with a 7-1 vote. Regent Lesley Smith voted no while Glen Gallegos abstained.
Wednesday's win against Arizona State was the 181st for Boyle at CU, leaving him just three short of matching Ricardo Patton for No. 2 all-time at Colorado. Patton is on the guest list for this weekend's alumni weekend ahead of Sunday night's home game against Arizona (6 p.m., ESPNU).
After defeating ASU, Boyle expressed gratitude at the job security George has provided despite a program that has missed the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons. Currently the Buffs are riding a four-game conference winning streak for the first time in 13 years.
"You cannot be successful in this business unless you have administrators that you work for — Rick George, Phil DiStefano, Bruce Benson, and obviously ultimately the Board of Regents — that support what you're doing," Boyle said after the ASU game. "It gives me a lot of confidence as the coach here that I don't have to worry about the future. I said when I got hired here...this is where I want to be. This is where I want to finish my career.
"And we have a lot of unfinished business to do. When they give you that vote of confidence, it feels good. It makes our players feel good. It makes our recruits that we're recruiting feel good. My job is to make sure that that's a warranted decision they made."