Tony Benford contract details (full story in tomorrow’s paper)

I put an Freedom of Information Act request in for Tony Benford’s contract right after he signed on with UNT. After a longer wait than anticipated, I got a hold of it late last week.

I will have a story on the deal in tomorrow’s paper, but here are the basics:

Benford signed a five-year contract with UNT that will pay in excess of $350,000 in base salary and guaranteed incentives annually.

Benford’s contract starts with a base salary of $320,000 and escalates in each season of the deal until reaching $393,593 in the last year of the contract that ends on April 30, 2017.

Benford also receives a $7,200 car allowance, the use of a university courtesy car and a $35,000 radio stipend.

There are several other performance incentives written into the contract, including $10,000 retention bonuses to be paid on Sept. 1 of 2015 and 2016.

Be sure to pick up the paper in the morning for the full details.