MSU’s Stansbury, Cohen set for contract extensions

STARKVILLE – Rick Stansbury and John Cohen are getting better deals.
Stansbury, who’s heading into his 12th season as Mississippi State’s men’s basketball coach, is getting a bump in pay and a year’s extension on his contract. Cohen, after just one season as MSU’s baseball coach, has gotten an extension as well.
Both contract enhancements are pending approval by the state’s College Board.
Stansbury, who last year got a new contract that pays roughly $1.2 million per year – most of it from private foundation money – is getting a raise in his base salary, from $225,000 to $235,000 per year, and his contract will be extended a year through 2013. His 231 wins rank first in school history, and he’s taken the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament six times.
This past season, State won the SEC Tournament title and lost in the first round of the NCAA tourney.
“Obviously, after winning the SEC Tournament championship, we felt that was important to do to show our commitment to him and our men’s basketball program,” MSU Athletics Director Greg Byrne said.
Stansbury could not be reached for comment.
Cohen, a former MSU player, will still make $250,000 a year, but his contract will now run through 2013.
“We told him when we hired him that I understood the importance of keeping his contract at four years for him from a recruiting standpoint,” Byrne said. “And he’s certainly well on his way to bringing our baseball program back to where we expect it to be year in and year out.”
Said Cohen, “This is where I always wanted to be, and I think it does show commitment on Greg’s part and on the presidents’ part and on the board’s part.”

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