Calhoun signs with Air Force through '13

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Air Force and Troy Calhoun have
agreed to a five-year contract worth $4.175 million, a deal
athletic director Hans Meuh hopes will keep his football coach from
jumping to a higher-profile program.

Calhoun, 17-9 in two seasons at Air Force, was mentioned as a
possible candidate for openings at Tennessee and Clemson. His name
also came up in connection with several other openings after the
Falcons went a surprising 8-5 and reached a bowl for the second
straight season.

Calhoun, who made $560,000 last season, will be paid a base
salary of $750,000 a year plus a benefits package worth more than
$110,000 a year through 2013.

Like his previous contract, this one is a rolling deal that will
be reviewed annually and, if both sides agree, another year will be
added so that Calhoun always has five years remaining on his
contract. The academy isn't allowed to extend contracts beyond five

The rolling structure of the contract also keeps the buyout
figure high. If Calhoun leaves for another coaching job, he or his
new team would have to pay the Academy 25 percent of his remaining
total base salary.

The pool of money for Calhoun's nine assistants was increased
from $885,000 to $1,117,000 annually.

"The academy's purpose -- to educate and develop young people of
integrity and fortitude who serve as outstanding leaders for our
country -- is both unique and quite moving," Calhoun said in a
statement. "With regards to Air Force football, for over 50 years
there have been many exciting moments, and we look forward to many
more in the coming years."

Calhoun coached for Ohio, Wake Forest, the Denver Broncos and
the Houston Texans before taking over the Falcons following
longtime coach Fisher DeBerry's departure.