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Ford's new deal runs through 2014-15 season

AMHERST, Mass. -- Massachusetts and coach Travis Ford agreed
to a five-year contract extension that runs through the 2014-15
season.

"We are thrilled that Travis has made a commitment to UMass
basketball," athletic director John McCutcheon said in a statement
Tuesday night. "Travis has brought Minuteman basketball back to
national recognition with his solid leadership."

The 37-year-old Ford led the Minutemen to a 24-9 record last
season, their best in 11 years. He had three years remaining on the
five-year contract signed when he was hired in 2005. Terms of the
deal were not announced.

UMass won a share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season championship
for the first time since 1996, and reached the postseason for the
first time since 2000, advancing to the second round of the NIT.

"I am excited to know that UMass is committed to building the
men's basketball program back to one of the best in the East and
that I will have the chance to be at the helm for many years to
come," Ford said.

Ford, a star point guard at Kentucky, coached five years at
Eastern Kentucky and led that team to an NCAA Tournament appearance
before coming to Massachusetts. He also coached at Campbellsville
University from 1997-2000.

He has an overall record of 165-135.