The Buffalo Bulls have decided to part ways with head coach Jeff Quinn after the team stared 3-4 the season following last year's appearance in the Idaho Potato Bowl. 2013 was Quinn's only winning season at Buffalo. After taking the job at UB in December of 2009 he managed 20 wins against 36 losses while winning just 37% of games within the Mid-American Conference.
During the 2012 season Danny White and the UB Athletics department announced an extension for Jeff Quinn, but it was not until the 2013 season, shortly after a tight win over Stony Brook that Jeff Quinn's extension was made public.
The original contract signed by Quinn was set to expire after this, the 2014 season. Typically NCAA programs don't like to have their coach on the final year of his contract. The party line on this is that it is used as a recruiting tool by rival coaches.
But given Jeff Quinn's performance UB hedged their bets with his extension. Rather than the normal type of agreement which pays out the coach's salary for the rest of the contract, Quinn's contract had a lowering buyout every year. Jeff Quinn's annual salary is $375,000. The way most college contracts are structured Quinn would have received his full salary for the length of his contract even after being dismissed.
The Bulls instead structured Quinn's deal with a decreasing buyout. They are going to be on the hook for the rest of this year's salary but next year that amount drops to $250, then $175, and then finally $100 thousand. This of course assumes that Quinn is not hired as a coach elsewhere.
Jeff Quinn is an accomplished offensive coordinator and it's likely that his 30 years of coaching ties means he will be on staff somewhere else next season. If he lands at a P5 program then whatever he makes is deducted from the amount UB owes to its former head coach.
Assistant football coaches at major programs earned an average salary of $200,000 in 2012, according to USA Today. Typically, assistant coaches earn $100,000 to $500,000. Coordinators make from 200,000 to 600,000 at P5 programs. If we see him hired on in a big conference then the extension will cost UB next to nothing.