Daily Notes: Maurice Linguist

Buffalo knew it couldn’t be cheap with a hire that hits all the mark and will be ready to do some insanely hard work. New Bulls football coach Maurice Linguist will make roughly $50k more in his first year leading the program than Lance Leipold did in his final year.

Maurice Linguist could become one of the top five highest paid football coaches in the Mid-American Conference.

Under Linguist’s contract terms, obtained by The Buffalo News on Monday, the coach will earn $675,000 a year at UB with an annual base salary of $475,000 and annual additional compensation of $200,000.

Linguist agreed to a 4 1/2-year contract that began Monday and will expire Dec. 31, 2025. 

According to a USA Today football coaching salary database published in November of 2020, Linguist’s salary would make him the fourth-highest paid coach in the MAC behind Toledo’s Jason Candle ($1.175 million), Central Michigan’s Jim McElwain ($815,000) and Western Michigan’s Tim Lester ($800,000).

Linguist’s contract at UB, though, includes a buyout structure if Linguist is to terminate the contract before it expires. If Linguist terminates the contract before Dec. 15, 2021, he would owe UB $1.5 million, and that would drop to $1 million if Linguist terminates the contract between Dec. 16, 2021, and Dec. 15, 2022. The buyout would decrease to $750,000 between Dec. 16, 2022, and Dec. 15, 2023; $600,000 between Dec. 16, 2023, and Dec. 15, 2024; and $500,000 between Dec. 16, 2024, through Dec. 31, 2025. 

Lance Leipold, whom Linguist replaced as UB’s football coach, made an annual base salary of $474,300, and annual additional compensation of $150,000 in his final year at UB.

Rachel Lenzi, The Buffalo News

Lance Leipold just signed a 6-year deal to his dream job in Kansas, and his salary more than tripled: an average of $2.75M/year. Buffalo needed Leipold to have a chance at a guy like Linguist. He very well could’ve stayed at Michigan and make comparable pay to be a co-defensive coordinator at another premiere school. But as wide as my peripherals go, this looks like Buffalo followed up firing one coach in-season with two straight home run hires. There’s an impossible amount of work for Linguist and his not-100%-figured-out-yet coaching staff to do between now and four months from now, but I believe he’ll put in a damn good fight to get things figured out in a hurry.

Linguist’s coaching tree is very impressive. Obviously he worked at Buffalo for a couple years under Jeff Quinn, so that helps in a lot of unique ways. But P.J. Fleck at Minnesota. Paul Rhoads at Iowa State. Mickey Matthews at James Madison. Dan Mullen at Mississippi State. Mike McCarthy with the Dallas Cowboys. Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M. He even credited Lou Tepper, a former defensive coordinator at Buffalo. He’s a Texan, and the roster will probably reflect his connections there, but more importantly that he’s got an excellent eye for talent: which is how you win football games.

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