Dec 27, 2013; Annapolis, MD, USA; Marshall Thundering Herd head coach Doc Holliday accepts the winners trophy after the game against the Maryland Terrapins during the 2013 Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Doc Holliday signs extension through 2018

Doc Holliday has signed an extension through 2018 according to the Charleston Daily Mail’s Chuck McGill, which if nothing else means another team is going to have to cough up some cash if they want his service.

Holliday will carry the same $600,000-per-year salary into his fifth season on the Marshall sidelines. The Hurricane native will earn $175,000 in base annual salary and $425,000 in supplemental pay, which includes weekly radio and television obligations.

Holliday’s buyout details also remain unchanged. Holliday’s resignation will result in payment of $600,000 for every year remaining on the contract. The provision for West Virginia University is still part of the two-year extension. Should Holliday accept the head football coach position at WVU, Marshall University will be owed $3 million, which is Holliday’s total annual compensation, minus incentives, multipied by five years (the length of the original contracted he signed in 2009).

Another thing the extension does is add incentives for performance.

The 57-year-old Holliday, who last season led the Thundering Herd to its first 10-win campaign since 2002, can earn up to $145,000 more in incentives in this contract, which runs through the 2017-2018 academic year. He can receive an additional $30,000 for a Conference USA championship and $30,000 for a bowl appearance each season, both increases of $10,000 from the previous contract.

Holliday has brought Marshall football back to respectability with a 10-4 season in 2013 capped off with a Military Bowl victory over the ACC’s Big 10’s Maryland Terrapins. Last year he brought his head coaching record to above .500 at 27-24.

After three years of getting the program back on its feet it will be nice to head into the season with something that hasn’t been felt in Huntington for quite sometime: Optimism.
For once talk of better bowl games and a perfect season aren’t the conversations of die-hards who can’t let the 90’s go. The talk of a Heisman and being a dark horse aren’t whispers from Huntington, but headlines from around the country. The words Marshall and Peach Bowl have only been uttered in vicinity of a X-Box during dynasty mode while playing NCAA.

Yes, the schedule is weak this year but that really just means the Herd can’t make mistakes. They have to come into every game with Rakeem Cato and crew firing away and showing they aren’t all hype. Close games aren’t acceptable this season. Marshall is going to have to clobber their opponents.

Of course these same expectations are now on Doc as well and right now he’s embracing it. He’s said he didn’t want to coach somewhere that didn’t have high expectations. Well now he has them.

And Marshall fans have one thing they haven’t had in a while: Hope.

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