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Gophers offensive coordinator receives contract extension

The University of Minnesota flag flies in front of the student section after a Gopher touchdown against the Indiana State Sycamores in the first quarter at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday, Sept 10, 2016. John Autey / St. Paul Pioneer Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Gophers offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kirk Ciarrocca received a one-year contact extension through the 2020 season, with unanimous approval from University of Minnesota Board of Regents on Friday, Feb. 8.

Ciarrocca, who passed on an opportunity to move to West Virginia’s coaching staff this offseason, will maintain his current salary of $720,000 through the 2020 season on a deal that now will expire on Jan. 31, 2021. He received a base salary of $700,000 in his first year in 2017, then $710,000 in 2018 and up to $720,000 for the upcoming 2019 season.

“Minnesota’s offense showed great promise under offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca, who was in his second year in 2018,” according to documents the athletics department presented to regents. “In 2018, Minnesota scored 376 points after totaling 265 points in 2017. The 111-point increase came with the most inexperienced quarterbacks in the nation.”

If Ciarrocca terminates the deal before then, he would owe the U $50,000.

Ciarrocca’s contract also includes various bonuses for championships, bowl games and academic performances of players.

The U said Ciarrocca’s salary ranked fifth among the conference’s 14 offensive coordinators last season, and he is the 13th-highest paid assistant at any role in the Big Ten.

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