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Next head football coach at UND will earn more

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The next head coach of the University of North Dakota football team will earn more money than his fired predecessor.

The minimum salary for the position is listed at $150,000, about $25,000 more than Chris Mussman was making when he was fired Monday, the Grand Forks Herald reported ( ).

"We absolutely have to look at that," athletic director Brian Faison said of the more competitive salary.

UND ranked 11th out of the 13 Big Sky Conference schools when it came to pay for head football coaches this year.

The application deadline for the head coach position is Dec. 10. The job description says candidates must have the "ability to develop a nationally competitive NCAA Division I FCS program."

Mussman won only 31 games in his six seasons at UND, which included the school's transition from the NCAA Division II ranks. Meanwhile, North Dakota State University in Fargo has won back-to-back FCS championships and is a heavy favorite to capture a third straight title.