Coach's new deal runs through 2009-2010

Updated: March 28, 2005, 11:22 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- South Florida coach Jose Fernandez agreed to a new five-year deal with the university Monday after leading the Bulls to the best record in the program's 33-year history.

South Florida enters the Big East next season. The deal runs through the 2009-2010 season and will pay Fernandez a base salary of $125,000 per year.

Fernandez will also make $10,000 for radio and television plus an annual annuity of $20,000 for fulfilling the terms of his contract.

Last season, Fernandez led South Florida to a 21-11 record and a second straight WNIT berth in its last season in Conference USA. The Bulls beat Florida in the first round before falling to Wake Forest.

"Jose has done a tremendous job moving the program forward not just regionally but on a national level as well," South Florida athletic director Doug Woolard said.

In five years at South Florida, Fernandez is 60-83 with two winning seasons and the program's only two postseason berths.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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