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Tuesday, July 10
Updated: July 11, 8:28 PM ET
New deal likely to be announced next week



CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Pete Gillen, who guided Virginia to its highest ranking in years and back to the NCAA Tournament last year, is discussing a long-term contract with the school.

The 54-year-old Gillen and Virginia have been discussing a new contract for about six weeks, interim athletic director Craig Littlepage said Wednesday. The deal would replace the last four years on Gillen's original contract.

A source has told ESPN.com's Andy Katz that Gillen will receive a 10-year, $9 million deal that will be announced by next week at the latest.

Littlepage declined to discuss details of the contract, but said talks are progressing well and there is no sense or urgency to get it done.

"I think we're generally in agreement that we'd like to provide some longterm security, not only for Pete Gillen but for the program," he said.

The Cavaliers were 20-10 last season, Gillen's third since taking over a fading program from Jeff Jones in 1998. The Cavaliers also climbed as high as No. 6 in the Top 25, their highest rating since the early 1980s.

Games at University Hall also became an event again, with matchups with ACC rivals Duke and North Carolina prompting fans to live in tents outside the arena for as long as a week to ensure they would get tickets.

The Cavaliers also beat three teams ranked in the top five for the first time in school history, following an early triumph against Tennessee with home victories against Duke and North Carolina.

Gillen, who also coached at Providence and Xavier, has a 327-166 record over 16 seasons as a head coach. He is one of just 22 coaches to have led three Division I programs to the NCAA tournament.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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