UTSA football coach Jeff Traylor discusses job speculation and contract extension
Jeff Traylor has been among the most frequently mentioned names when it comes to the college football coaching carousel this season. The second-year UTSA Roadrunners head coach was linked with a few vacancies in the Big 12 when Texas Tech and TCU left their respective program managers in October.
UTSA, however, has locked Traylor with a 10-year contract extension that aims to keep the 53-year-old Texas football coaching legend with the program until 2031. Traylor opened up on the speculation and subsequent extension. during an interview with CBS Sports Network this week.
“Well, we’ve been working on this expansion since the summer,” Traylor said on Inside college football. “We didn’t know there would be such job speculation. We also didn’t know we would be undefeated. So there were a few things at play that made us want to move forward. I just didn’t think it was fair for my kids to be undefeated and pretty much the story of Cinderella, a dream season, for them to have to answer this question every day at their lectures Press. Now my agent didn’t think it was very wise of me to end all my leverage so quickly at the right time, but it was still what was best for these kids.
Texas Tech has since hired another former high school training giant in the state of Texas, the former Baylor assistant head coach. Joey mcguire, to lead the Red Raiders program.
“My wife and I love the city of San Antonio,” added Traylor. “We are extremely lucky to be here. We just built a new $ 41 million facility, we’re playing in the Alamodome, we’re in the seventh largest city in the country, and I’m from Texas. I’m a Texas soccer coach at heart and all my buddies are the ones who send me all these great players. It’s just what I felt in my soul and my soul has never misled me before and it was a great feeling when my players were so receptive that they were going to be stuck with me for another decade.
Traylor runs one of three still undefeated FBS programs in the country. UTSA (10-0) enter this week’s game with UAB needing a win to secure a spot in the US Conference Championship game next month. UAB (7-3) is currently behind UTSA by a CUSA West standings game.
The contract extension that Traylor signs with UTSA is valued at $ 28 million and he will receive an average salary of $ 2.8 million, along with potential bonuses and a payroll increase for his assistant coaches, according to the school’s statement.
UTSA is the first head coaching position that Traylor has had in his career. After coaching high school from 1989 to 2014, Traylor was hired as a Texas special teams coach and tight ends coach. He held the position for two years before SMU hired him as an assistant head coach and running backs coach. After only a year with the Mustangs, Traylor went to Arkansas as an assistant head coach and running backs coach.
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The kick off for Saturday’s UAB v UTSA No.22 meet is set for 2:30 p.m. CT and can be seen on ESPN +.
Riley Gates contributed to this report.