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Marshall coach gets longer contract, hefty increase

Herald-Dispatch photo by Sholten Singer Marshall head coach Doc Holliday watches as Herd football continues spring practice on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Chris Cline Athletic Complex in Huntington.
Herald-Dispatch photo by Sholten Singer
Marshall head coach Doc Holliday watches as Herd football continues spring practice on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Chris Cline Athletic Complex in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall has locked up athletic director Mike Hamrick and head football coach Doc Holliday after each signed contract extensions to run through the 2021 fiscal year on Wednesday, the university announced in a release on Herdzone.com.

Hamrick will receive a base of $300,000 while Holliday’s total package during the six-year extension jumps to $755,000. Holliday could also receive additional revenue based on incentives tied to conference championships, bowls and season-ticket sales.

Marshall interim president Gary White said through the release that both Hamrick and Holliday had earned the raises.

“We are delighted we were able to successfully negotiate continuations that will keep Marshall moving forward,” White said. “Mike and Doc have stepped up and done their part, and we’re looking to our great fans and supporters of Marshall athletics to help us continue our momentum and success.”

As Marshall prepared for the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 23, reports surfaced that both Holliday and Hamrick had agreed to long-term extensions – reports that were verified one week later when the university announced it had indeed reached extensions with both with details coming in the next few weeks.

That time came on Wednesday as the details emerged…

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