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McCaffery inks 7-year deal with Hawkeyes


University of Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery has signed a new seven-year contract with the Iowa Hawkeyes.

UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta announced on Tuesday that the new deal will pay McCaffery an average minimum of $1.66 million per year over the length of the contract.  It begins with a base salary of $1.3 million for the 2012-13 season.  This moves McCaffery into the upper half of Big Ten Conference coaches in regards to salary.

The average compensation could climb to $1.86 million per year if the 2012-13 Hawkeyes earn a spot in the 2013 NCAA tournament.  There are also other incentives for meeting certain competitive and academic goals.

"Two years into his tenure, I'm thrilled with where Fran is taking our program," said Barta in a written statement. "He has done an outstanding job, in all phases. We are pleased that the victory total has increased in the last two seasons. But, as important, Fran has demonstrated a total commitment in all phases of the program, including recruiting, community involvement and commitment to academic performance."

McCaffery coached the Hawkeyes to 18 wins and an NIT bid in 2012, his second season as the head coach.  McCaffery's  second season also saw seven more wins, including four more Big Ten victories, over 2011. 

The 2012 NIT bid was the Hawkeyes first postseason appearance since 2006.  An 84-75 win over Dayton in the opening round of the NIT, gave the Hawkeyes their first postseason win since 2003.

"Fran's teams have revitalized our fan base, proving we can compete with any opponent coming in to Carver-Hawkeye Arena," added Barta. "His teams posted signature wins to close out the home season in each of the past two years and is in position to take the next step forward in the immediate future."

According to the University of Iowa, attendance has increased by more than 20 percent since 2010.

"I am very excited to sign this contract," said McCaffery in a written statement. "We have made tremendous progress in all phases of the program in two seasons. I appreciate the support and confidence expressed by President Sally Mason and Gary Barta in signing this contract.

Iowa's incoming recruiting class is ranked among the top 20 in the nation. 

The Hawkeyes return all but two starters from a year ago.

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