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Improving Fordham rewards Whittenberg with extension through 2013

NEW YORK -- Fordham coach Dereck Whittenburg agreed Thursday
to a contract extension through the 2012-13 season.

The Rams improved their victory total in each of Whittenburg's
four seasons. The 18 wins last season were the most by a Fordham
team since 1991-92, and the 10-6 record in the Atlantic 10 was the
Rams' best since joining the conference in 1995-96.

Fordham ranked first in the Atlantic 10 in scoring defense last
season, allowing 64.2 points per game.

Whittenburg, 46, was the head coach at Wagner College for four
years before going to Fordham. He led the Seahawks to a 21-10
record in 2002-03, winning the Northeast Conference championship
and earning the school's first bid to the NCAA tournament.

Whittenberg played at North Carolina State under Jim Valvano and
started on the 1983 national championship team.