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Basketball, football coaches eye extentions

MONROE, La. -- Louisiana-Monroe men's basketball coach
Orlando Early has agreed in principle to a three-year contract
extension, the school announced Wednesday.

Early is in his second season and has Louisiana-Monroe (16-10,
10-4 Sun Belt) in contention for the conference's West Division
championship.

The extension does not take effect until it has been approved by
the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, which next
meets on Feb. 22.

Also before the board will be a three-year extension for
Louisiana-Monroe football coach Charlie Weatherbie, who agreed to
his new contract last August.

Weatherbie, who is entering his fifth season with ULM, has
earned a Sun Belt Conference championship and had 30 players
receive all-Sun Belt honors.

Both coaches will have incentive packages tied to the success of
their teams as part of their contract.

"We feel very good about the leadership and direction of both
programs," athletic director Bobby Staub said.