UMass men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg close to contract extension



Last modified: Friday, September 07, 2012

The University of Massachusetts and men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg have agreed in principal to a contract extension through the 2016-17 season.

UMass athletic director John McCutcheon confirmed that a final deal is close. "We're still talking," he said. "It's a process. It's the paperwork stuff."

Kellogg declined to comment until the new contract is finished.

Kellogg was hired to replace Travis Ford in 2008 when he left to become the head coach at Oklahoma State.

Kellogg initially signed a six-year contract that had two years remaining before this extension. That contract called for a base pay of $215,000 with incentives guaranteed to pay him at least $450,000 annually. The salary and incentives in his new five-year contract, which will replace the last two years of his original deal, were not immediately available.

Kellogg is 64-65 in four years leading the Minutemen, and 40-27 in the past two seasons. He is coming off his best season after leading UMass to a 25-12 record and the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament in 2011-12.

The Minutemen return six of their top seven scorers and four of five starters from that team, including All-Atlantic 10 first team point guard Chaz Williams. Several national websites, including ESPN.com, forecast UMass as a team likely to make the 2013 NCAA tournament.

Kellogg, 39, is a 1995 alumnus of UMass and native of Springfield. He helped lead the Minutemen to four NCAA tournaments as a point guard. UMass reached the Elite Eight during his senior season.

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