The North Texas Mean Green’s move to fire Seth Littrell after making the Conference USA Championship in 2022 made some noise in the conference. Heading in a new direction, the Mean Green gave new head coach Eric Morris a contract and salary that shows they want to win sooner rather than later.
Here are the details of that agreement.
Eric Morris’ Salary and Contract in 2023
When Littrell was fired, he was making $1.35 million in base salary. Bonuses pushed his total amount up higher, but North Texas decided they needed a strong offer to Morris.
Coming from Washington State, Morris brought an offensive approach to Denton, and North Texas gave him a sizable vote of confidence. He earned a base salary of $900,000 plus an additional $300,000 incentive for making annual radio and television appearances. His initial contract runs through the 2028 season.
Before North Texas, he was making a reported $750,000 as offensive coordinator for Washington State, according to USA Today. While we don’t have a record of his salary as Incarnate Word’s head coach, we can guess that he made significantly less than he was for the Cougars.
Morris’ contract with the Mean Green shows they believe his success at Incarnate Word will translate to the FBS level. The administration also gave him a sizable pool of his assistant coaches.
North Texas gave Morris a salary pool of $2.4 million for 10 on-field assistant coaches, $1.1 million for non-coaching staff, and $243,850 for his strength and conditioning staff.
Morris’ Net Worth
Morris’ net worth increased significantly by taking the North Texas job. His base salary is competitive within the conference, but he also has incentives that can increase that number.
He’ll receive a retention bonus of $100,000 after the end of the 2023 season, and that bonus will increase in increments of $25,000 until it reaches $200,000 per year in 2028.
His contract includes multiple bonuses for certain on-field achievements. Winning is the biggest reward in his contract, with a focus on winning games within the conference.
If North Texas wins six conference games or seven games overall in a given season, Morris receives $20,000. He can make up to an additional $40,000 for winning up to eight conference games or winning nine total games in a year. If he wins 10 games in a season, Morris would be paid another $10,000.
With winning in mind, North Texas also threw in a bonus for winning a conference championship or making a bowl game. If Morris gets the Mean Green to either of those achievements, he’ll receive $35,000.