Regents approve contract for Nevada coach

RENO, Nev. -- Nevada football coach Chris Ault will get a
pay raise and other perks beginning July 1 under a new contract
approved by state regents.

The three-year pact gives Ault an $18,000-a-year raise, bringing
his annual base salary to $360,000. The sum includes compensation for media and other appearances
that were not included in his base pay previously.

Ault also is eligible for performance-based bonuses, including
$15,000 for winning the Western Athletic Conference championship,
or $10,000 if Nevada doesn't win the conference but gets invited to
a bowl game.

He'll also receive $5,000 for finishing the season ranked in the
USA Today Top 25 coaches' poll and the same amount for being named
WAC coach of the year -- an honor he won last season.

Besides salary, Ault will continue to have the use of two
courtesy cars for him and his wife, 12 season tickets for a skybox
suite at Mackay Stadium, four season tickets for basketball, and a
country club membership at Hidden Valley.

The contract that runs through the 2008 season also includes per
diems to cover the cost for his wife to travel to away football games.