Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth extended through 2023

Doug Knuth
Wolf Pack athletic director Doug Knuth has signed a five-year extension with Nevada. (John Byrne/Nevada athletics)

Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth has signed a long-term contract to stay at the helm of the Wolf Pack.

In fact, he signed that contract several months ago, but it hadn't been reported until now. In September 2018, Knuth signed a five-year deal with Nevada, a pact that was never announced by the Wolf Pack.

The contract was obtained by Nevada Sports Net following a public records request. The deal extends through the 2023 athletic season and will pay Knuth $2 million over the course of the deal.

Knuth will get a base salary of $400,000 per season, a raise from the $295,000 he was making on his prior deal, a three-year agreement signed in 2016. This is the third contract Knuth has signed with Nevada, the first two being three-year deals. Comparatively, UNLV athletic director, Desiree Reed-Francois, makes $350,000 a year. Per numbers culled by the Denver Post, Knuth would be tied for the third highest-paid athletic director in the Mountain West behind San Jose State’s Marie Tuite ($498,127) and Utah State’s John Hartwell ($435,000).

Knuth replaced the retiring Cary Groth as Nevada's athletic director in April 2013 and has helped navigate the Wolf Pack through the MW. He's made a number of strong hires, landing three coaches (Jay Johnson, Neil Harper, Eric Musselman) who have been hired away Power 5 programs. He also helped push through a $14 million renovation of Mackay Stadium and has fundraised for facility improvements for the baseball, track and field, tennis, golf and softball teams.

The $3 million Ramon Sessions Performance Center, the Wolf Pack's basketball practice facility, also opened under his leadership. In December, it was announced Nevada would cut rifle and add men's cross country. Most recently, Knuth hired Steve Alford to a record-breaking 10-year, $11.6 million contract to lead the Nevada basketball program. In all, the Wolf Pack has won seven MW titles under Knuth.

Here are the full details on Knuth's contract.


Knuth's contract is for five years and runs through June 30, 2023, although both sides could get out of the deal earlier while paying buyouts, which are outlined below.

Guaranteed salary

Knuth will get a base salary of $400,000 per fiscal year, so his deal is a five-year, $2 million contract. Per a filing by Nevada to the Board of Regents, $50,000 of Knuth's $400,000 salary is funded by donors with $350,000 coming from intercollegiate athletic sources.

Fringe benefits

Knuth will get 12 free tickets for every regular-season Wolf Pack game as well as postseason tickets as approved by the president. He will get one free loaned vehicle. He also will get a free membership at a local country club. Knuth will get up to $10,000 per annum for hosting activities.

Termination by Nevada

If Nevada terminates Knuth's contract without cause prior to its completion, the school would owe the him the remainder of his salary less $50,000 for the period remaining in his contract paid on a monthly basis for the remainder of his term.

Termination by Knuth

If Knuth terminates his contract prior, he would owe the following amounts to Nevada. The amount must be paid within 20 calendar days of the termination date.

Between Aug. 1, 2018-June 30, 2021: $100,0000

Between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022: $50,000

Between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023: $0

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