In just two seasons as the men’s basketball coach at Kansas State, Bruce Weber brought the school its first Big 12 championship and showed he could develop a young team.
On Wednesday, the school rewarded Weber for the second straight year, extending his contract one more year through the 2018-19 season.
Weber is scheduled to make $1.85 million next season, and his salary will increase $100,000 each year, bringing him to $2.25 million in the final year of his contract.
“Our men’s basketball program continues to make terrific progress under coach Weber and his staff since their arrival,” athletic director John Currie said in a release. “I am excited about the future of our program and forward trajectory under his leadership.”
If Weber stays through the final year of his current contract, scheduled to end April 30, 2019, he will be eligible for a retention bonus of $500,000.
Some of Weber’s staff will also receive a raise, as associate head coach Chris Lowery and assistant coaches Alvin Brooks and Chester Frazier will see increases in their saleries.
“I’m appreciative of the type of support that President (Kirk) Schulz and John (Currie) have given me and my coaching staff with this extension,” Weber said. “A significant part of building a successful program is continuity and this type of commitment ensures that we have all the parts necessary to continue to build upon what we have accomplished the last two seasons.
“The success we have had is a direct reflection of the hard work and sacrifice of our players and coaches. I could not be more proud to be associated with them and look forward to even more success in the future.”
The Wildcats are coming off a 20-13 season, losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament to national runner-up Kentucky. The Wildcats will return nine letterman and four of five starters from the final game, including Marcus Foster, Thomas Gipson, Nino Williams and Wesley Iwundu.
The Wildcats are scheduled to be in the national eye early next season, as they will play in the Maui Invitational. K-State was invited to the tournament field shortly after Weber was hired.
Weber’s incoming class of players will include transfers in Justin Edwards and Brandon Bolden — a guard and a post — junior college big man Stephen Hurt, and freshman guard Tre Harris. K-State has one more scholarship available to complete its class.
Wildcats to play Georgia?
The Athens Banner-Herald reported on Wednesday that Georgia had agreed to a deal to play K-State in a home-and-home series over the next two seasons, beginning with a game in Manhattan on Dec. 31, 2014.
The return trip from the Wildcats would come on Dec. 22, 2015.
The Wildcats are setup to have a strong schedule next season, potentially adding Georgia to a slate that includes the Maui Invitational and another game against an SEC team in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. K-State also has a game against an unnamed opponent on Dec. 22 at the Sprint Center.
The Banner-Herald reported that while Georgia has signed off on the deal, K-State is still finalizing its schedule before signing the deal.