Tuesday, July 10, 2012

North Dakota Coach Brian Jones Signs Contract Extension

It was reported last week that North Dakota head coach Brian Jones has signed a contract extension that goes through at least the 2014-15 season, and includes options that could keep him as head coach through the 2016-17 season.

North Dakota is entering the Big Sky with some momentum, having won two straight Great West titles. That success was rewarded for Jones, who looked a couple seasons ago like he had a chance to be on the hot seat.

UND Athletic Director Brian Faison says Jones' base salary is $86,364, with several bonus incentives for accomplishments such as conference championships.
Jones has a nice returning group, and has signed three players to shore up the frontcourt, which was North Dakota's biggest area of need. UND will have a chance to make some noise early in their tenure in the Big Sky. They ranked eighth in my very early Big Sky rankings for next year three months ago, but there is a good chance that they will move up those rankings when I update them.

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