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Published January 01, 2013, 12:48 PM

UPDATE: Bohl signs eight-year extension; middle linebacker Olson may miss title game (with video)

FARGO - Today's holiday is not a day of rest with the North Dakota State football program. Head coach Craig Bohl agreed to an eight-year contract extension while middle linebacker Grant Olson is listed as probable for the Division I Football Championship Subdivision title game on Saturday.

By: Jeff Kolpack, INFORUM, Forum Staff Reports, inforum.com

FARGO - Today's holiday is not a day of rest with the North Dakota State football program. Head coach Craig Bohl agreed to an eight-year contract extension while middle linebacker Grant Olson is listed as probable for the Division I Football Championship Subdivision title game on Saturday.

The contract keeps Bohl through 2021, according to athletic director Gene Taylor.

Taylor said the current base salary of the contract is $206,503. The annual salary will be increased by a minimum of five percent per year effective July 1 contingent on performance evaluations. The contract includes 3 percent of gross home football regular season single-game and season ticket sales. There are also incentives for a Missouri Valley Football Conference Championship ($10,000), FCS home ($5,000) and away ($2,500) playoff games, an FCS runner-up finish ($10,000) and an FCS championship ($15,000).

The contract includes provisions for the assistant coaches to receive compensation for a conference championship ($1,500), FCS home ($1,500) and away ($750) playoff games, an FCS runner-up finish ($1,500) and an FCS championship ($2,000). It also states the yearly budget for assistant coach salaries shall be in the top 10 percent of FCS football programs.

Meanwhile, a Twitter picture of Olson in the hospital was posted on The Forum's Bison Media Blog website while several players have posted concerns for their junior leader. But Bohl said Olson had some tests done and will make the trip to Frisco, Texas. He couldn't elaborate citing privacy matters.

Bohl is in his 10th season with an 88-32 overall record including a 23-8 record against nationally-ranked FCS teams and a 9-1 record in the FCS playoffs including the 2011 national championship. He has a 6-3 mark against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams over the past seven seasons -- including a 22-7 win at Colorado State this season.

With the 88 wins, Bohl is second all-time at the school behind Rocky Hager (91-25-1, 1987-96). He received the 2012 Eddie Robinson FCS Coach of the Year Award in December. Bohl was the recipient of the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s Bruce Craddock Coach of the Year honor for the second straight season after leading the Bison to a 7-1 record and a second straight conference title in 2012. It was the program’s 29th league title overall and third since moving to the NCAA Division I FCS.

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