RENO, Nev. -- Nevada basketball coach Mark Fox has received
a three-year contract extension through 2014.
By Fox's request, the deal includes no new raises. It was
approved Thursday by Nevada's board of regents.
Fox, a three-time Western Athletic Conference coach of the year
has taken the Wolf Pack to an 81-18 record in his three seasons,
winning the conference each time.
Nevada was knocked out of this year's NCAA tournament by Memphis after a first-round victory over Creighton. The Wolf Pack lost to
Montana in the first round last year, and were bounced from the
2005 tournament by Illinois after a first-round victory over Texas.
"Basically, he's done a great job," Regent Jason Geddes of
Reno said. "He's active in the community, and his students have
had a great graduation record as well. You couldn't ask for
anything better in a coach."
Fox makes a base salary of $400,000, plus an extra $100,000 paid
by boosters. He got that raise after he talked with Nebraska about
a job opening in August.
"Coach made it clear to President [Milton] Glick and me that he
wanted a term extension only," Nevada athletic director Cary Groth
said. "We also talked about providing more academic support for
our student-athletes and the possibility of building a practice
Fox also gets an annual $25,000 increase that was in his
previous contract and other perks and performance bonuses,
including $50,000 for winning the NCAA championship. Like most
coaches, he has the opportunity to earn outside income through
endorsements, camps, and shoe and apparel deals.
The contract also includes a clause requiring Fox to pay the
university $250,000 if he quits before July 2011.
"Cary Groth and President Glick have shown their commitment
towards building on the success we have achieved," Fox said Friday
after returning from a family vacation to Hawaii.