Boeheim has two years left on current deal

Updated: May 9, 2005, 9:36 PM ET
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim has agreed to a four-year contract extension, the university announced Monday.

Boeheim, who has been head coach since 1976, has two years remaining on his current contract.

"This extension recognizes Jim Boeheim for who he is -- one of the top college basketball coaches in the country," athletics director Daryl Gross said in a statement. "We are thrilled to have a commitment from him."

Boeheim finished his 29th season as head coach with a 703-241 overall record. His 27 20-win campaigns place him in a second-place tie with Bobby Knight and Lute Olson on the all-time Division I list. Boeheim also is eighth in Division I NCAA Tournament wins with 41.

"I am appreciative of the university's effort to put together this contract extension," said Boeheim, who last month was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "The administrative and community support we receive allows our program to remain competitive."

The Orange finished at 27-7 in 2004-05 and made their 24th NCAA Tournament appearance under Boeheim, losing in overtime to Vermont in a first-round upset.

Boeheim has guided the Orange to three NCAA championship game appearances. The Orange beat Kansas for the 2003 national title after losing to Indiana in 1987 and Kentucky in 1996.

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