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McCarney could get another year on contract

Thursday, January 10, 2002

AMES - Iowa State football coach Dan McCarney is likely to have another year added to his contract and he probably will receive a small raise.

McCarney signed a four-year, $2.4 million contract after the 2000 season, with the understanding that Iowa State could add a year to the deal at any time.

Athletic director Bruce Van De Velde said promised during the negotiations for that contract to add a year if the team showed progress in 2001. The Cyclones went 7-5 and made a second straight bowl trip.

"I think we should fulfill our promises," Van De Velde said.

Van De Velde said he wanted to discuss the contract with university president Gregory Geoffroy and Ben Allen, vice president for external affairs, before acting. Both have expressed support for adding the year, Van De Velde said.

Any raise for McCarney would be an "inflationary adjustment" similar to what other employees in the athletic department would receive, Van De Velde said.

McCarney was paid $600,000 for this past season. Asked if the pay raise would approach $100,000, Van De Velde said it would not be in that range.

"I can't tell you what it's going to be at this point because we haven't even talked about it," Van De Velde said. "It's too early to say."

McCarney's contract includes a provision that allows him to ask for a raise if average home attendance tops 45,000. Iowa State averaged 45,172 for its six home games this past season.

Tom Kirkendall, McCarney's attorney, said he hopes to talk to McCarney and Van De Velde about the contract in a couple of weeks. Kirkendall said he would not demand anything from Van De Velde.

"Dan and I have a very cordial relationship with Bruce," Kirkendall said. "It's just not the way Dan and I do business."

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