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WSU TO GIVE PRICE A NEW CONTRACT

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Washington State football coach Mike Price, who has taken the Cougars to two bowl games in three years, will get a new contract as a reward, athletic director Rick Dickson said Thursday.

"We're already talking. I hope to finalize it soon," Dickson said of a proposed new contract. He declined to discuss how much of a raise Price would receive, the contract's length, or other terms.Price signed a new four-year contract in 1993 following the Cougars' 9-3 season that ended in the Copper Bowl. That contract called for a base salary of just $100,000 a year, but Price was expected to make more than twice that amount with endorsements, camps and other activities.

The Cougars (7-4) will play Baylor on Dec. 31 in the Alamo Bowl at San Antonio.

"We're happy with what he's done," Dickson said of Price, whose team was picked before the season began to finish at or near the bottom of the Pacific-10 Conference standings.

Is Price happy?

"I think he can be," Dickson said. "I just take it that he is at this time."

Price was out of town Thursday but returned shortly before an afternoon practice and was unavailable for comment.