Kansas State gives Jerome Tang new 7-year contract


Kansas State signed men's basketball coach Jerome Tang to a new seven-year contract on Monday that keeps him with the university through the 2029-30 season.

Tang turned the Wildcats' program around in his first year on the job and guided them to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

"What Coach Tang and his staff did in their first year here was phenomenal," athletic director Gene Taylor said in a news release. "The run to the Elite Eight was remarkable, but what separates Coach Tang is his pure love of his players and the relationships that he builds with everyone that he encounters. His ability to connect with players, staff, recruits, students and fans is special, and he is the perfect fit for Kansas State. The culture that he and his staff have built is extraordinary."

Tang originally signed a six-year contract with Kansas State, which hired him as an assistant at Baylor. The new deal will pay Tang $3 million for the upcoming 2023-24 season and increase his salary $100,000 every year until it reaches $3.6 million for 2029-30.

The contract also has four retention bonuses following each of the next four seasons.

The Wildcats went 26-10 (11-7 Big 12) and were ranked as high as No. 5 in the country in Tang's first season. Tang won the Naismith Men's College Coach of the Year and was runner-up to Marquette's Shaka Smart for the Associated Press' equivalent award.

"My family and I could not be more excited about the future with this commitment from President (Richard) Linton and (athletics director) Gene (Taylor), as the staff and I continue to elevate this program to even greater heights," Tang said in the release. "I say it all the time and I truly mean it, we're fortunate every day to be at such a special place.

"... I said before I didn't come here to rebuild but to elevate and the work has already begun. Last year's success was just the start. The staff and I are excited about what's ahead for this team as we start practice."

--Field Level Media

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