Jeff Brohm’s Louisville Contract: Salary, Buyout, & Bonuses

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Jeff Brohm speaks after he was introduced as Louisville football coach in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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Andrew Doughty @DoughtyBetMGM Dec 13, 2022, 2:46 PM
  • Jeff Brohm signed a six-year contract at Louisville.
  • His base annual salary starts at $5 million.
  • If fired, Brohm is due 100% of his remaining contract.

In late November 2018, Jeff Brohm rejected an offer to replace Bobby Petrino as Louisville head coach. He remained at Purdue, where he signed a two-year contract extension earlier in the year.

Four years later, on Dec. 8, 2022, Brohm accepted an offer to replace Scott Satterfield as Louisville head coach and signed a six-year, $36-million contract with his alma mater.

Jeff Brohm’s Contract Details

Jeff Brohm’s contract runs from Dec. 9, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2028. 

It’s automatically extended by one year if Louisville wins seven games in a season, and two years if Louisville wins 10 wins during the first six years of the contract. The maximum automatic extension is capped at two total years (through Dec. 31, 2030).

In both cases, the win total includes bowl wins.

Jeff Brohm’s Salary

Jeff Brohm’s base salary starts at $5 million for 2023 and increases by $100,000 each year:

  • 2023: $5 million
  • 2024: $5.1 million
  • 2025: $5.2 million
  • 2026: $5.3 million
  • 2027: $5.4 million
  • 2028: $5.5 million

If employed via the win-total extension(s) in 2029, Brohm’s base salary will be $6.5 million. If employed in 2030, his salary would be $7 million.

Brohm will also receive one-time payments at the end of each year from 2023-28:

  • 2023: $500,000
  • 2024: $500,000
  • 2025: $750,000
  • 2026: $750,000
  • 2027: $1 million
  • 2028: $1 million

His additional payments and “benefits” include $50,000 for relocation expenses, a $15-million life insurance policy, and a $1,000 monthly car allowance.

The initial assistant coaching salary pool is $5.5 million.

Jeff Brohm’s Bonuses

Jeff Brohm’s potential bonuses include those for individual awards, academic achievements, and on-field success.

Among the on-field “football success” bonuses: 

  • ACC Coach of the Year: $50,000
  • National Coach of the Year: $50,000
  • ACC Championship: $250,000
  • Playoff appearance: $500,000
  • National championship: $750,000

The playoff appearance and national championship bonuses aren’t cumulative. The highest level achieved among those two bonuses (and four others in the “other success” category of bonuses) is paid to Brohm.

Jeff Brohm’s Buyout

If fired without cause, Brohm is owed 100% of his remaining contract, including base salary and end-of-year one-time payments.

A simple example of a termination buyout: If fired after the 2025 season – without any seven-win seasons to trigger the automatic extension – Brohm would be owed $19.1 million. 

If Brohm terminates the contract, he must pay $1 million to Louisville. So the timing of termination is irrelevant.

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Andrew Doughty

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Andrew Doughty is a web content team lead for BetMGM. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he previously wrote for Sports Illustrated and HERO Sports.

Andrew Doughty is a web content team lead for BetMGM. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he previously wrote for Sports Illustrated and HERO Sports.