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Arkansas gives Bobby Petrino seven-year contract

The Associated Press
| Sunday, December 12, 2010 12:00 a.m

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino agreed to a new seven-year deal yesterday that will keep him under contract through the 2017 season.

The agreement increases Petrino’s average annual salary to $3.56 million, a raise from $2.7 million under his previous contract, which had four years remaining. It also expands his noncompete clause to all SEC schools instead of just the SEC West.

Petrino is 23-14 in three seasons at Arkansas. The No. 8 Razorbacks (10-2) face Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4, the school’s first BCS bowl game.

The contract also includes an $18 million mutual buyout clause in 2011 and 2012 should the university fire Petrino or he leave the school.

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