Jacobson Signs Extension

By Jeff Johnson and Josh Christensen

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By Josh Christensen

CEDAR FALLS – The University of Northern Iowa announced Friday it has signed a new 10-year contract with head men’s basketball coach Ben Jacobson. The deal replaces a 10-year contract the coach signed with the school three years ago.

Financial terms of the new deal remain the same as the old one. Jacobson made $500,000 this season and will receive pay increases of $25,000 each season.

“We are fortunate to be able to retain an outstanding MBB coach in Ben Jacobson,” UNI Athletics Director Troy Dannen said on Twitter.

UNI (21-14) hosts Weber State (29-6) in the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com tournament Saturday night at 7 at the McLeod Center. Dannen and Jacobson were asked after the Panthers’ quarterfinal win Tuesday night over Bradley about rumors swirling that Jacobson, a North Dakota native, was a candidate for the open University of Minnesota head coaching job.

“That’s the nature of college athletics,” Jacobson said. “Whether it’s me or anybody else, you’re either doing well enough that your name is going to get mentioned, whether you want it to or not, or you’re not doing well enough, and there’s a good chance you’re going to get fired. There’s really no middle ground for most people.

“That’s where I’m really fortunate. I don’t like to call it middle ground because we’re striving to win championships, and I don’t consider that middle ground. When I say middle ground, I’m saying being happy at the job you’re in and having guys you like being around. So I’m not right now at either end. I really like what I’m doing,” Jacobson said. “I like being here.”

Dannen was asked if he was nervous about Jacobson possibly leaving.

“How can you be worried about something you can’t control?” he said.

Apparently he could control the situation, after all.

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