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Wyoming announces contract extension for head coach Larry Shyatt

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The 2014-15 season was a special one for the Wyoming Cowboys, as not only did they reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in 13 years but their Mountain West tournament title was the program’s first conference tournament title since 1988. The Cowboys’ 25 wins were the most in a season for the program since 1988.

Those achievements were the most recent steps forward for the program in Larry Shyatt’s second go-round in Laramie (he was head coach for the 1997-98 season), and Wednesday the school announced that it has rewarded its head coach (and his assistants) for their success.

Wyoming and Shyatt have agreed to a contract extension, resulting in his deal now running through the 2019-20 campaign. Also of note in the contract is the fact that all three of Shyatt’s assistants have been taken care of. Allen Edwards and Jeremy Shyatt will reach receive retention bonuses of $100,000, with associate head coach Scott Duncan (who has a two-year deal) receiving an extension of his contract through the 2016-17 season.

Since returning to Laramie in 2011, the elder Shyatt has led Wyoming to four postseason appearances with three being to the CBI (2012, 2013 and 2014) before last year’s NCAA tournament berth.

Getting back to the NCAA tournament in 2016 will require the Cowboys to account for the loss of some key players from last season’s team. Larry Nance Jr., a first round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers, Derek Cooke Jr., Charles Hankerson Jr. and Riley Grabau are all out of eligibility, leaving senior guard Josh Adams as the team’s lone returning starter.

Adams is the team’s lone senior, with there being six freshmen and six sophomores that he’ll be asked to lead on the court this upcoming season.

North Carolina extends Roy Williams’ contract through 2020

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Two weeks after Inside Carolina reported that North Carolina would extend the contract of head coach Roy Williams, the school made the news official Friday morning.

Williams, who’s been the head coach at his alma mater since 2003, now has a contract that will run through the 2019-2020 season. He also received a raise in the new deal, with there also being bonuses for achievements such as his team posting an Academic Progress Rate score of 975 or higher ($75,000 bonus), reaching the NCAA tournament ($25,000 bonus) and winning a national title ($250,000).

Williams’ base salary will range from $408,169 in 2015-16 to $595,409 in 2019-20. There’s also deferred compensation ranging from $1,550,000 next year to $1,750,000 in the final year of the deal and an annual expense account of $40,000, per the school release announcing the extension.

While the new contract should help some recruiting-wise (knowing that he’ll be around for the foreseeable future), there’s still the question of how the NCAA will handle the ongoing case stemming from an academic fraud investigation. In the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations, North Carolina was accused of five Level 1 violations including lack of institutional control regarding its football and men’s and women’s basketball programs.

But even with that being the case, it was the women’s program that was on the receiving end of the most severe allegations. How the NCAA handles this case is important for both the future and for the upcoming season, as the Tar Heels are an experienced team many expect to contend for a national title.

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo receives contract extension through June 2021

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Just over two months after leading Michigan State to its ninth Final Four appearance in program history, with seven of those trips coming under his watch, head coach Tom Izzo was rewarded with a contract extension Wednesday.

One of three coaches (and athletic director Mark Hollis) to have their deals extended, Izzo is now under contract at Michigan State through June 30, 2021. And while the Spartans have some key pieces to replace in guard Travis Trice and forward Branden Dawson, the combination of returnees and newcomers is good enough to make another deep NCAA tournament run in 2015-16.

Guards Denzel Valentine, Bryn Forbes and “Tum Tum” Nairn all return, and they also add West Virginia transfer Eron Harris on the perimeter. As for the front court, returnees such as Matt Costello, Gavin Schilling and Marvin Clark Jr. will be joined by McDonald’s All-American Deyonta Davis, who is one of three freshmen joining the program.

In addition to Davis, the Spartans add guards Matt McQuaid and Kyle Ahrens.

San Diego, head coach Bill Grier agree to contract extension

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After leading San Diego to the quarterfinals of the Tournament last season, head coach Bill Grier has been rewarded with a contract extension. The school made the official announcement earlier this week.

“We have made progress getting back to a winning record, and reaching postseason play. There is still much work to be done,” San Diego executive director of athletics Ky Snyder said in the release. “I have great confidence in coach Grier and his staff to continue elevating this program. ”

In seven seasons as the head coach at San Diego, Grier has put together a record of 102-128 and has led the Toreros to their only three postseason wins in program history. Prior to winning two games in last season’s CIT, Grier also led San Diego to a win over UConn in the 2008 NCAA tournament.

San Diego finished the 2013-14 season with an 18-17 record, going 7-11 in WCC play. The Toreros, who will take a summer trip to Rome in August, return three of their top four scorers from a season ago. Guards Johnny Dee (16.6 ppg), Duda Sanadze (12.9, 3.7 rpg) and Christopher Anderson (10.3, 3.7, 6.2 apg) all return, but San Diego will have to account for the graduation of leading rebounder Dennis Kramer (11.5, 6.6).

Two key players in that regard will be forwards Jito Kok and Semi Fajemisin, with the former averaging 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in 2013-14.

Bill Self on his way to Kansas coaching elite

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As reported earlier in the day, Kansas and head coach Bill Self agreed to a contract extension through the 2021-2012 season.

He’s definitely moving into Kansas elite by going from rich to richer, as the deal bumps up his salary almost half-a-mill to $3.856 million.

More importantly, Self is entering his 10th season at KU and this new deal could keep him in Lawrence for the next decade. In nine seasons, Self has won a national title, made a pair of appearances at the Final Four and been to five Elite Eights. Coaching Kansas for the foreseeable future, Self will likely end his tenure with the Jayhawks with a resume worthy enough for the arena to be named after him…if it wasn’t already taken by the legendary coach, Phog Allen.

Well, maybe he can settle for having the court named after him? Oh wait, that’s named after the game’s inventor, James Naismith.

Honoring Self at the end of his career is a “let’s cross that bridge, when we get there” sort of situation. Either way, this contract extension gives the current Jayhawks head coach the ability to establish an impressive legacy at KU.

Compare Self’s career with some of KU’s other coaching greats.

He has as many Final Fours as Larry Brown and Ted Owens, only one less than Phog Allen, and two less than Roy Williams (however Williams didn’t win a title with Kansas).

Self currently holds the highest winning percentage in the storied  history of Kansas basketball at .835, averaging just under 30 wins per season. The next closest is Williams at .805.

A dozen of Self’s former KU players have been drafted into the NBA, most recently Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor.

A knock on Self’s time in Lawrence would be a few early exits in the NCAA Tournament, most notably the second round loss to Northern Iowa in 2010.

However, that could be negated with Self’s performance last season. Self had a talented, yet inexperienced group of players and took them to within a win of the national title. Only four players entered the season with regular playtime from the previous year.

If Self stays for the duration of the new deal, he will go down as the second-longest tenured coach in the program’s history (tied with Owens) behind Allen, and maybe just as successful.

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Dave Rice approved for 5-year contract extension with UNLV

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Coming off of a run to the NCAA tournament last season, there seems there could be something special happening in Las Vegas, something that hasn’t been seen in the Nevada desert since the early 1990s.

Head coach Dave Rice has assembled a strong group of talent at UNLV and has been rewarded with a five-year contract extension that was approved by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents this week, the school announced.

“We are very happy with these contract approvals,” UNLV Athletics Director Jim Livengood said in a release. “I would like to thank the Board of Regents and (UNLV President) Neal Smatresk for their continued support of UNLV Athletics and these three fine coaches who are wonderful representatives for UNLV and our student-athletes.”

Rice is now signed through the 2016-17 season.

In his first season with the Runnin’ Rebels, Rice led the team to a 26-9 overall record.

With forward Mike Moser back, Rice has surrounded him with one of the top recruiting classes in the nation.

Canadian forward Anthony Bennett leads the group, along with guards Katin Reinhardt and DaQuan Cook and forwards Demetris Morant and Savon Goodman.

Pittsburgh transfer Khem Birch is eligible for the second semester, and Rice also brought in USC transfer Bryce Dejean-Jones and Connecticut transfer Roscoe Smith.

Along with San Diego State, the Rice and the Rebels should challenge for the Mountain West title and, on paper, have the raw talent to make a run in March.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_