Christian signs seven-year contract extension

Kent State proved it wants to be a player in the NCAA Tournament on a regular basis by signing Jim Christian to a long-term deal Wednesday.

Christian, 41, told ESPN.com that he signed a seven-year extension, worth $250,000 a year. The deal makes him one of the top-paid coaches in the Mid-American Conference, if not the top-paid coach.

Christian -- who has been a candidate at a number of schools, such as Duquesne and UMass, over the years -- took Kent State to the NCAA Tournament this season. He coached Kent State to the NIT in three previous seasons.

"This means a lot for our administration to do this," Christian said.

Kent State finished 25-9 (15-3 in the MAC). The Golden Flashes lost to Pittsburgh in the first round of the tournament.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.