Campus Corner

K-State basketball coach Bruce Weber gets contract extension

Updated: 2013-04-10T17:06:02Z

By KELLIS ROBINETT

The Kansas City Star

— Bruce Weber is only one year into his tenure as Kansas State’s basketball coach, but he already has a contract extension.

On Wednesday, K-State announced it was adding a year to his original five-year contract and boosting his salary to $1.75 million for the 2013-14 season. His new deal will increase his salary $100,000 a year until it ends after the 2017-18 season. He made $1.5 million last season and was due to earn $1.6 million next year.

According to his original contract, Weber became eligible for the extension when he was chosen Big 12 coach of the year after leading the Wildcats to a 27-8 record and a share of the program’s first regular-season conference championship since 1977. He was scheduled to negotiate a new deal with K-State athletic director John Currie next spring, but Currie opted to move up that timetable.

“Our men’s basketball program, from top to bottom, has made continued improvement under Coach Weber and his staff since their arrival last April,” Currie said in a statement released by K-State. “From our first conference championship in 36 seasons to a record number of players on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll, I am extremely excited about the forward trajectory of our program under his leadership.”

Weber came to K-State from Illinois last March after the departure of Frank Martin. He inherited a veteran team and won more games than any first-year coach in school history.

“My family and I couldn’t be more thrilled with our decision to come to K-State,” Weber said in a statement released by K-State. “It has been a magical year in our athletic department that started with the success of our football team under Coach (Bill) Snyder’s leadership, and our team was able to seize that momentum and win our first conference title in nearly four decades.

“Whenever you have success, it is a direct reflection of your team and staff, and I have said all along we had great chemistry between our players and staff all year. I’m so proud to be associated with this group of players and coaches, and I can’t thank them enough for their hard work and sacrifice this season.”

The Wildcats earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but lost their first game to No. 13 seed La Salle in their first game.

To reach Kellis Robinett, send email to krobinett@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/KellisRobinett.

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