Illinois Trustees Approve Bill Cubit's Two-Year Deal

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- University of Illinois trustees have approved a contract that will pay football coach Bill Cubit $1.2 million a year for two years.

Trustees voted on the deal for Cubit on Thursday in Chicago.

The deal would pay him a prorated amount of his salary if he is fired without cause. The minimum would be $250,000.

Cubit's pay is the lowest in the Big Ten. Ohio State's Urban Meyer is the highest-paid football coach in the conference at $5.8 million.

The contract is also unusually short. Most coaches are signed for at least four years.

University administrators have said the short-term deal made sense as the school looked for an athletic director to replace the fired Mike Thomas.

Cubit took over as interim coach in August after Tim Beckman was fired.

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