Report: Razorbacks upgrade, extend Pelphrey's contract

Updated: August 3, 2008, 2:37 AM ET
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Arkansas basketball coach John Pelphrey has a new contract and a raise in salary.

Athletic director Jeff Long told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette Friday that a $45,000 raise will increase Pelphrey's base pay from $750,000 to $795,000 a year. Incentive bonuses for winning the SEC titles and advancing in the NCAA tournament were also added to the annual compensation part of the coach's contract, and the original four-year contract was extended by another year.

"I'm thrilled that he's here," Long was quoted as saying by the paper. "I think the job that he did [last season] was remarkable.

Pelphrey, who was hired from South Alabama in April 2007, just finished the first season of a four-year deal that paid him approximately $750,000 per season. He will be under contract through the 2012-2013 season, the paper said.

Pelphrey, 40, said he welcomes the support and said the extension represents another sign of how serious Arkansas is about bolstering the Razorbacks' future.

"As I've said before, I'm very humbled to be the Razorbacks'coach," Pelphrey told the newspaper. "We will continue to work hard and operate a program Razorback fans can be proud of."

In his first season as Arkansas' coach, Pelphrey led the senior-laden Razorbacks to a 23-12 record, their third-straight NCAA tournament and first victory there since 1999.

"It can be difficult for a new coach to come in and develop a chemistry with so many seniors," Long said. "I think John did a wonderful job managing that situation and leading those young men."