North Texas announced a new five-year contract for head football coach Seth Littrell today.
The deal will run through the 2021 season. The agreement extends the length of time Littrell is under contract at UNT for one year.
Terms were not disclosed, but a source with knowledge of the deal said it will make Litrrell among the highest paid coaches in Conference USA.
Littrell’s original contract was for five years with a $725,000 base salary per year. Incentives in the deal boosted Littrell’s total compensation to $882,800 per year.
“We are excited to announce this new agreement with coach Littrell,” UNT athletic director Wren Baker said in a prepared statement. “Under one of the brightest young coaches in the country, our football program had the second-best turnaround in the nation last season and his performance was recognized by his colleagues and media members around the nation. This new contract represents an aggressive move to keep coach Littrell, his staff, and their positive momentum intact. This is validation of the successful efforts that Seth has led in the early stages of the turnaround of North Texas football.”
Littrell led UNT to a 5-8 season and a berth in the Heart of Dallas Bowl in his first season with the Mean Green. UNT took Army to overtime before falling 38-31 in just its second bowl game since the 2004 season.
UNT finished 1-11 in 2015, the year before Littrell left his job as North Carolina’s offensive coordinator to take over the Mean Green.
“It means a lot to me to move forward with this new deal and continue to work hard with my staff to transform this into the championship-caliber program that our tremendous university, fans and alumni deserve,” Littrell said.