NEWTON, Ia. — A new contract for Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery is in the works.
Neither McCaffery nor Iowa athletic director Gary Barta, who attended a Jasper County I-Club event Wednesday at Iowa Speedway, would share specifics. But both men confirmed that a new deal will be coming.
“As I’ve said a couple of times, we’ve been on the same page since the day he was hired, and we’re on the same page now,” Barta said. “It won’t surprise me when something gets done. Nothing yet. But we’re absolutely on the same page.”
Iowa finished 18-17 in McCaffery’s second season at Iowa, including four victories over top-25 foes. The Hawkeyes made it to the second round of the NIT, Iowa’s first postseason appearance since 2006. This was also Iowa’s first winning record in five seasons.
McCaffery, hired in March of 2010, signed a six-year deal that was worth $1.1million in 2010-11 and will escalate to $1.35million by the 2015-16 season.
McCaffery said the new deal will include more years and more money, but declined to get specific.
“You’ll have to ask (Barta), but yeah, both,” McCaffery said. “Nothing’s been done yet. I’m not sure when it will happen, but we’ll talk more about it then. But you ask me if I think it will get done? Yeah.”
Barta declined to share years or money being discussed.
“We’ll wait and see,” Barta said.
Asked if the new deal would be in place before the 2012-13 season, Barta said, “Probably. But we don’t have a deadline. This is real important, but it’s not urgent at all.”
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