Weber extension might be on tap for Taylor

By Joel Jellison

Kansas State President Richard Myers hasn’t talked specifics about any sport with new athletic director Gene Taylor, but he’s already got one item for the agenda: giving men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber a contract extension.

Myers said Monday the decision to retain Weber as coach was carried out by interim athletic director Laird Veatch under his direction. It came after lengthy discussion that began before previous AD John Currie left the school for a job at Tennessee.

“John Currie and I started having conversations in the season,” Myers said. “And then Laird and I, after the last game, we got together one more time, said, ‘What do we think?’ We were both of like mind. We’re happy that Bruce is back. We’ll see, but we’re confident.”

Questions about Weber’s job status came about last season when the Wildcats went through a stretch of eight losses in 10 games, including a 30-point loss at Oklahoma.

It looked like K-State was on the way to missing the NCAA tournament for the third straight season.

The Wildcats then won three straight games to make the tournament in the First Four in Dayton, winning a game to advance to the field of 64 teams.

Veatch confirmed the decision to keep Weber to The Mercury on April 3.

Weber has two years left on his current deal. Coaches often receive extensions near the end of a deal to increase the appearance of stability for recruiting purposes. An extension wouldn’t necessarily mean an increase in salary or buyout.

Myers said he thinks they will talk to Weber about an extension soon.

“I think that’s in the works,” Myers said. “That’ll land on Gene’s desk pretty darn quick.”

Myers wouldn’t comment on the specific details of an extension for Weber, but ultimately, the decision on an extension will come down to discussions between Taylor and Weber.

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