Saturday, September 12, 2009

Ex-Cat Travis Ford Earns Extension at Oklahoma State

Former Kentucky Wildcat PG Travis Ford has been rewarded for his efforts as head coach at Oklahoma State. Ford, who led the Cowboys to a 23-12 record last season, has earned a 4-year extension and a salary increase that will pay him $1.8 million this season.

The 39-year old Ford is now the highest paid coach in America under the age of 40.

"Coach Ford did a tremendous job rejuvenating our basketball program in his first season,” said OSU athletic director Mike Holder.

"This contract rewards him for the job he has done and demonstrates OSU’s commitment to him. We consider Travis a rising star in the coaching profession.”

Nationally, John Calipari scored an eight-year deal worth $3.96 million annually — plus heavy incentives — to jump to Kentucky as the nation’s highest-paid coach. Florida’s Billy Donovan earns $3.5 million. Still, Ford now stands among the top 20 paid coaches nationally.

"My family and I are overwhelmed by the support we have received from Oklahoma State University and extremely grateful for this new contract,” Ford said. "Our entire team is committed to succeeding at the highest level.”

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