Saturday, December 13, 2008

Carthel applying for other jobs

West Texas A&M football coach Don Carthel has applied for at least two coaching jobs, including NCAA Division I New Mexico State.

According to the Las Cruces (N.M.) Sun-News, Carthel sent in paperwork to NMSU, which is seeking a successor to Hal Mumme. Mumme, an assistant coach at WT in 1980-81, was dismissed after his fourth season.

The Alexandria (La.) Town Talk published an online list that included Carthel and two other Lone Star Conference coaches among 38 applicants to succeed Northwestern State coach Scott Stoker, whose contract was not renewed after his seventh season.

Northwestern State is a member of Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA).

"I'm not interested in the job," Carthel said Friday of the NSU post. Carthel declined further comment.

Carthel recently completed his fourth season at WT, where he has a 44-7 record, four postseason appearances and three Lone Star Conference championships.

His base salary is close to $100,000, according to university records. With TV, radio and bonuses, his annual salary is between $120,000 and $130,000.

By comparison, Mike Leach, coach of Division I Texas Tech, has a base salary of $1.75 million.

"Our intent over the past three years is to reward and compensate our coaches who have been successful over the long haul. Don has been exceptional," WT athletic director Michael McBroom said. "We want our coaches to be compensated among the best in the conference and the region. We have made significant progress in that regard.

"If there is a better opportunity than ours, a coach owes it to his family to check it out. It's part of the business. I believe WT is a pretty good place to be a head coach, and I think Don feels the same way."...

For the rest of the story go to the Amarillo Globe News

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