Borton led Gophers to first Final Four

Updated: September 16, 2004, 8:40 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Pam Borton, who guided the Minnesota women's basketball team to its first Final Four appearance last season, is expected to sign a three-year contract extension that could keep her at the university through 2011.

Athletics Director Joel Maturi said Thursday that lawyers for both sides were ironing out the language and that he was optimistic Borton would sign. Maturi said he didn't know how soon the contract would be completed, but added there's no rush.

Borton, who has four years left on her current contract, didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Maturi characterized Borton's current pay -- reportedly about $200,000 -- as "low." He said the new contract would put her at about the middle of the Big Ten pack.

"It's headed in the right direction," Maturi said.

Borton, 39, became Minnesota's third head coach in as many years in 2002 and has a 50-15 record with the Gophers. She's also served as an assistant coach at Vermont and Boston College.

Last year, the Gophers earned a seventh seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Final Four, where they lost to eventual national champion Connecticut.

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