By Brian Maass

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – The University of Colorado Buffaloes on-field success in football this year could translate into nearly $500,000 in bonuses for Buffs head coach Mike MacIntyre, according to terms of his contract.

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Buffaloes Coach Mike MacIntyre (credit: CBS)

Buffaloes Coach Mike MacIntyre (credit: CBS)

When the Buffaloes beat UCLA 20-10 earlier this month, MacIntyre earned a $50,000 incentive for notching his seventh win of the year. Then when CU went on to knock off Arizona, Macintyre earned another $25,000 for his eigth win of the year, according to his contract.

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(credit: CBS)

Colorado now stands at 9-2 after beating Washington State on Saturday. CU faces Utah next weekend in Boulder.

Although MacIntyre’s contract guarantees him at least $2 million a year in salary, the incentives he is achieving this season will dramatically increase how much he is paid.

CU has already locked up an appearance in a bowl game, which will earn MacIntyre at least another $200,000.

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If the Buffs play in a non-BCS bowl, the coach will earn that $200,000. For a BCS Bowl appearance, MacIntyre will be paid $250,000. If Colorado can beat Utah next weekend and appear in the Pac-12 conference title game, the Buffs coach will then earn another $100,000.

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(credit: CBS)

And in the unlikely event CU can somehow make its way into the national championship game and win, that would be worth another $750,000 to the CU coach.

Another incentive: if MacIntyre is named the Pac-12 conference coach of the year, which seems likely, he’ll pocket another $25,000.

A contract extension signed in 2014 means MacIntyre is locked in as the CU coach through Dec 31, 2018.

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CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass has been with the station more than 30 years uncovering waste, fraud and corruption. Follow him on Twitter @Briancbs4.