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Wichita State's Marshall signs extension, gets raise

Wichita State men's basketball coach Gregg Marshall earned a $100,000 raise and extension with his team's success during the 2010-11 season.

WSU announced the extension on Thursday. Marshall and the school agreed in principle in early April, when the coach was the subject of coaching searches by other schools. Marshall talked with North Carolina State before deciding to remain at WSU. In April, he said three other schools made initial contact and one wanted to talk further.

The new contract raises Marshall's salary to $900,000, according to athletic director Eric Sexton. Sexton said the raise will come from private contributions. The contract also includes a seven-year extension through 2018 that automatically renews each year.

"Our men's basketball program is in great hands," Sexton said in the release. "I believe Coach Marshall has and will continue to coach Wichita State to be a national contender, and I want him to be here for a long time doing just that."

Marshall's previous contract had him making $800,000 annually through April 2015.

Marshall is 82-55 in four seasons at WSU with two NIT appearances. The 2011 Shockers won the NIT and finished with a school-record 29 wins.

In 13 seasons as a head coach, he is 276-138 with seven NCAA Tournament appearances in nine seasons at Winthrop.

As Marshall enters his fifth season, he will be tied for the third-longest tenure in the Missouri Valley Conference with Illinois State's Tim Jankovich and Evansville's Marty Simmons. Southern Illinois coach Chris Lowery begins his eighth season and Northern Iowa's Ben Jacobson is starting his sixth.

Items included in the contract:

* Marshall can earn several bonuses annually, including $18,000 for a conference title or conference tournament title; $8,000 for an NIT appearance; $18,000 for an NCAA Tournament berth, $36,000 for a spot in the NCAA's round of 16, $54,000 for the Final Four and $90,000 for an NCAA title.

* Marshall and his staff will be provided a private plane for a minimum of six recruiting trips each year. Chartered planes with at least 30 seats will be provided for all away games, although the contract allows for busing to trips to nearby games such as Missouri State in Springfield and Tulsa.

* Marshall is permitted a minimum of two weeks of access to Koch Arena for camps.

* Should Marshall be fired without cause, WSU will pay him $4 million, or the amount remaining under the contract, whichever is less. For example, the contract states Marshall would receive $1,800,000 if he is fired without cause with two years remaining on his contract, for one year each at $900,000.

* Should Marshall leave WSU before his contract expires, he must pay WSU $325,000 within 30 days.

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