Final Four run nets Gregg Marshall a big payday

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That run to the Final Four is paying off in a big way for Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall.

On Monday evening, the Shockers announced that their head coach would be getting a significant pay raise, with his salary jumping from $1.03 million to $1.6 million on November 9th with another bump, up to $1.75 million, in April. The 2013-2014 will be Marshall’s seventh season, and since he has a seven-year rolling contract, he is under contract through the 2019-2010 season.

Marshall isn’t the only one to get a raise. He now has a salary pool of $501,000 to pay his three assistants and Director of Basketball Operations. Those salaries put the Shockers on par with schools like Gonzaga as well as some of the top 25 BCS programs across the country.

“I want to thank our administration for the tremendous commitment they have shown to our entire basketball program,” Marshall said. “From our enhanced amenities in Koch Arena and our renovated locker room to improved compensation to all our coaches, Wichita State University has shown great appreciation for what we do. Obviously I feel this is a Big Time basketball program and I feel truly blessed to be your basketball coach. Go Shockers.”

Marshall is 139-70 with the Shockers.

Connecticut reportedly signs coach Kevin Ollie to multi-year extension

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Connecticut has signed head coach Kevin Ollie to a five-year extension after he guided the Huskies to a 9-2 record to begin the 2012-13 season, Andy Katz of is reporting.

Ollie took over as the head of the Connecticut program after longtime coach Jim Calhoun retired in September and he was granted a seven-month deal at the time. An official announcement from the school is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET.

Prior to taking over as the head coach, Ollie had long-standing roots with the university. He played for the Huskies from 1991-95 and graduated from the school before going undrafted in the 1995 NBA Draft. He would later play in the NBA for more than a decade.

Ollie then joined the UConn staff as an assistant in 2010 and was the heavy favorite to become Calhoun’s successor when he retired.

Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier told at Big East media day that players on the team were motivated in part to help Ollie earn a long-term deal.

Ollie has helped the Huskies to a strong start, despite no possibility of postseason play. Connecticut is barred from the Big East tournament and the NCAA tournament due to an NCAA ban that stems from a low APR score.

“I don’t see obstacles, I see opportunity,” Ollie said at Big East media day. “It’s always been tough. I don’t see it like a lot of other people see it.

“Whether it’s seven months, seven years, or 27 years [at Connecticut], I’m going to take it one day at a time and I’m not going to take it for granted.”

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

West Virginia reportedly reworking contract of head coach Bob Huggins

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After enduring a long season with an inexperienced roster, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins might be rewarded for his services, according to the Charleston Daily Mail.

In the report, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck is quoted as saying that the school is “looking to at adding to both the length and the compensation” of the deal Huggins signed in 2008.

“I think what ultimately any athletic director wants for his or her programs is to have stability, and that stability is important because of recruiting and because of fan interest,” Luck told the paper.

“I think by and large, people around the state think the world of him and they’re excited about him being their coach in the Big 12.”

Huggins is scheduled to make $2.3 million during the 2012-13 season, part of the 11-year, $27.5 million deal he signed four years ago.

In five seasons with the Mountaineers, Huggins has amasses an overall record of 120-56, including a 31-7 season in 2009-10 that ended with a trip to the Final Four.

Last season’s 19-14 finish was still good enough to secure an NCAA tournament berth, but West Virginia was eliminated by Gonzaga in the Round of 64.

The Mountaineers open this season against the same team that eliminated them to end last season, Gonzaga, on Nov. 13 at midnight. It will begin their first season of competition in the Big 12.

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

Fran McCaffery signs 7-year deal with Iowa

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Two years into his tenure at Iowa, Fran McCaffery has earned himself a new contract, the school announced Tuesday.

McCaffery, who has amassed a 29-37 record with the Hawkeyes, signed a seven-year deal worth a minimum average of $1.66 million per year with a base salary of $1.3 million in 2012-13.

“I’m thrilled with where Fran is taking our program,” said Iowa athletic director Gary Barta in a statement. “He has done an outstanding job, in all phases. We are pleased that the victory total has increased in the last two seasons.

“But, as important, Fran has demonstrated a total commitment in all phases of the program, including recruiting, community involvement and commitment to academic performance.”

Under McCaffery in 2011-12, Iowa made its first post-season berth since 2006. The Hawkeyes finished with an 18-17 record and advanced to the second round of the NIT.

“We have made tremendous progress in all phases of the program in two seasons,” said McCaffery. “We have made progress during both the regular season and in postseason play with our participation in the 2012 NIT. Our players know they have the complete support of the University, and we look forward to the upcoming seasons.”

The Hawkeyes return two starters from the NIT team this past season and brings in five players from the Class of 2012, including Top 40, 6-11 center Adam Woodbury and Top 100 guard Mike Gesell.

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

Arizona extends contract of head coach Sean Miller

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The Arizona Wildcats have extended the contract of head coach Sean Miller through the 2016-17 season, the school announced in a statement.

The Arizona Board of Regents approved the one-year extension Friday.

“Our program has made tremendous strides under [Miller’s] leadership and the future looks exceptionally bright,” Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne said in a release. “This just re-emphasizes our commitment to Coach Miller and the University of Arizona men’s basketball program.”

Under Miller’s watch, the Wildcats have a 69-35 record over the past three seasons, including a Pac-10 regular-season title and Elite Eight berth in 2011. The performance won him the Pac-10 Coach of the Year award.

In 2011-12, the Wildcats missed the NCAA tournament and lost in the first round of the NIT to Bucknell, 65-54.

But Miller will be reloading with his 2012 recruiting class, which is arguably the best in the Pac-12 and Top 3 in the country.

Seven-footer Kaleb Tarczewski leads the new Wildcat frontcourt, which also includes Top 20 prospects Brandon Ashley and Grant Jarrett.

Guard Gabe York joins sophomore Nick Johnson in the backcourt, along with graduate guard Mark Lyons, the Xavier transfer who will be able to play right away.

“During the last three years we have been able to lay a strong foundation for future success both in the classroom and on the basketball court,” Miller said in a statement. “I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead as we work toward building our program into a national contender once again.”

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