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Keener signs five-year contract

James Madison University has settled on Georgia Tech assistant Dean Keener, who has accepted a multi-year contract offer to be its next basketball coach.

Keener signed a five-year contract Thursday shortly after former North Carolina coach Matt Doherty turned down the job, the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record reported.

James Madison athletic director Jeff Bourne told the newspaper that he planned to meet with James Madison players on Thursday night before making an official announcement. Because Georgia Tech is in the Final Four this weekend, a news conference will not be held until next week.

Bourne said Keener, who was a James Madison assistant under Sherman Dillard, will earn a base salary of $160,000 and an additional $35,000 for a television and radio deal.

The 38-year-old Keener is in his fourth season at Georgia Tech, which plays Oklahoma State in the first Final Four matchup Saturday. The Tallmadge, Ohio, native also was an assistant at Duke.

Dillard, who resigned in March, was 93-106 in seven seasons.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.