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Virginia Tech announces contract terms for new football coach Brent Pry

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BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech football coach Brent Pry has six-year deal worth $27.5 million.

Pry's annual salary over the first two seasons of the contract is $4 million and it goes up to $4.75 million for 2024 and $5 million in 2026. 

Former coach Justin Fuente was expected to earn $4.2 million for next season. The team has already agreed to a buyout of $8.75 million due Dec. 31. 

Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said he's been "surprised" by some of the numbers being handed out by teams — Brian Kelly's deal at LSU is 10-year deal worth north of $100 million — his focus was on providing Pry with a competitive salary that allowed the athletic department to increase funds in other areas. 

"There has been so much change in college athletics, I guess it's just a new era there," Babcock said, of the recent coaching deals. "We felt like going at a more modest level at the head coach, but investing higher in the assistant coaches and infrastructure would be better for us."

Tech announced a budget of $5.5 million for the team's 10 assistant coaches up from $3.65 million last year and $2.25 million for the team's support staff. 

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