KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Western Michigan University announced on Tuesday, December 30, that Bill Cubit has agreed to a new five-year contract that will go into effect in 2009. Cubit is 29-19 as the leader of WMU’s football program, while becoming the first coach to lead the Broncos to two bowl games. Cubit’s base salary will be $225,000 with a guaranteed salary package worth $375,000.

“Western Michigan football has had enormous success during the four years Bill Cubit has been our head coach and we are so very proud and excited to announce that he will be leading our Broncos into the future with the signing of this new contract,” commented WMU Athletic Director Kathy Beauregard. “Our team’s success has been realized on the field, with the third nine-win season in program history and second postseason bowl appearance in three seasons, in the classroom, breaking the team GPA record for the third-straight season, and in the community, giving over 3,500 hours back to Kalamazoo.”

Cubit’s original contract, which was set to run through the 2009 season, will give way to this new contract that will run through the 2013 campaign. The guaranteed annual compensation includes the base salary amount plus $150,000 for public, radio and television appearances. His current contract includes a highly competitive incentive package that will be enhanced under the new five-year deal.

Western Michigan football’s 29 wins over the past four seasons are the second most over a four-year period in program history. The Broncos will go for an unprecedented 10th win this season when they take on Rice in the 2008 Texas Bowl, the program’s second bowl appearance in three seasons. WMU’s team GPA has risen to record heights in each of the last three seasons, raising from 2.74 in 2006, to 2.81 in 2007 and now 2.88 in 2008.

“I am truly thankful to Kathy, Dr. Dunn and Monty Porter and everyone within the department and University for working with me on this new five-year contract,” commented Cubit. “My family and I are extremely happy at Western Michigan University and in the Kalamazoo community. I thoroughly enjoy working with these student-athletes and helping them become admirable young men once they leave this program and this University.”

The Broncos face Rice this evening in the 2008 Texas Bowl on the NFL Network. The game features teams with identical 9-3 records, one of only five non-BCS bowl games with nine-win teams squaring off. Game time is 7 p.m. (CST) and can be seen on WXMI Fox-17 in the Kalamazoo market and can be heard on the Bronco Radio Network (Flagship - WZUU 92.5 FM).