I still don't see how extending Terry does anything for the bottom line unless its true that there is no buyout required for that extra year. Without the extension, Terry could definitely been let go at the end of 2023 at no cost to UTEP. This just doesn't make sense.
It keeps you from making a decision on him in 2022 when we are likely to be paying two football staffs. It doesn't save money. What it does is save your budget in 2022 by not replacing both revenue sports coaches in the same year. This is much easier, because of the contract structures to do in different years. This sets up 2022 for new football staff and 2023 for basketball. You avoid blowing out your budget in a single year.