Here’s how much it will cost Boise State to part ways with its football coach

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Boise State fired football coach Andy Avalos on Sunday, but the Broncos are still on the hook for a large portion of his remaining salary.

Avalos signed a five-year deal worth more than $8 million in 2021. He still has two full years left, and his buyout is 85% of his base salary, which is $1.55 million this year, according to his employment contract. That salary was scheduled to go up to $1.65 million next year and $1.7 million in 2025.

Avalos will receive a prorated amount of this year’s buyout, and the full 85% for 2024-25. That means Boise State will pay him more than $3 million after firing him with two games left in the season. That’s in strong contrast to the more than $75 million Jimbo Fisher will get after he was fired by Texas A&M this weekend.

Avalos, 42, went 22-14 as the head coach at his alma mater. Defensive coordinator Spencer Danielson is taking over as interim head coach for this season, and the school said in a news release that it would conduct a national search for its next head coach.

The Broncos (5-5, 4-2 Mountain West) are still in the running for a conference title game appearance this season. They travel to Utah State on Saturday (5 p.m., CBS Sports Network).