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UCF coach Johnny Dawkins rewarded with 1-year extension

Men's College Basketball, UCF Knights

ORLANDO, Fla. -- UCF has extended the contract of men's basketball coach Johnny Dawkins after a successful first season.

The school announced Thursday that Dawkins' current six-year contract has been extended by a year through 2023. The extension will add $1.5 million to his current deal.

Last year, Dawkins guided the Knights to a 24-12 record and an appearance in the NIT Final Four. UCF doubled its win total from the previous year, the sixth-biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I basketball last season.

Dawkins is a former Duke All-American who joined the Knights in 2016 after being fired at Stanford. His current contract pays him $1.1 million before incentives.

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