Published Tuesday, November 27, 2012 AT 2:23 PM / Updated at 7:41 PM
Bo’s Bonus Bucks
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

A performance bonus for appearing in Saturday’s Big Ten Championship game pushes Nebraska coach Bo Pelini’s annual compensation beyond $3 million for this year. And a victory over Wisconsin would be worth even more.

According to the extension Pelini signed in 2011, the coach gets a $200,000 bonus for appearing in the game. He’ll receive an extra $150,000 — or  $350,000 total — if he wins it.

Pelini gets a $150,000 bonus for appearing in any bowl game, but, should the Huskers win, he’ll get an extra $100,000 — or $250,000 total — for appearing in the Rose Bowl, which is part of the Bowl Championship Series.

Presumably, the bowl bonus structure will have to be reworked at some point to reflect a switch to the playoff system in 2014.

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