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Utah State rewards Matt Wells with contract extension through 2018

Utah State handed out Matt Wells a contract extension which will keep him in Logan through 2018.

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The Utah State Aggies have rewarded head coach Matt Wells with a contract extension which will keep him in Logan through the 2018 season, and a raise that will now pay him $800,000 per year, plus incentives. That is a $300,000 pay raise for Wells and not only is Wells getting a bump in pay so are his hard working assistant coaches.

Athletic director Scott Barnes commented about the extension and raise toward Wells and his staff:

"Matt had a great first year leading our football program. His commitment to our student-athletes has been tremendous and they've responded with great results in the classroom and on the field," said Barnes. "Matt has deep roots here as a former Aggie quarterback and he conveys his passion for our great university on a daily basis."

Wells is an alumni of Utah State and in his first year he made it to the Mountain West title game after winning the Mountain Division, and was named the Mountain West coach of the year. Then he went on to upset Heisman-finalist led Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois who was ranked No. 24 heading into that game.

That bowl win was just the third post season victory in Aggies football history, and that makes the contract extension logical. Also, what made this sense is the rumor of Wake Forest reaching out to Wells the week of the Mountain Wets title game.

Wells will keep getting looks from bigger programs as long as he has success so Utah State will do all they can with pay raises for himself and his staff, like this one, to keep him at Utah State for the foreseeable future.