Northern Iowa yesterday announced that it has extended the contact of basketball coach Ben Jacobson to 10 years. The coach will also receive a bump in salary. Next year it will become $450,000, an increase from $161,000.
Northern Iowa did the right thing and at the right time. This will ward off potential suitors after the Panther's amazing season. It seems once a mid-major has success in the NCAA Tournament, the big schools come calling in full force.
Jacobson is a great fit for Northern Iowa. A North Dakota native, he seems comfortable in the little pond of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Knowing that Jacobson remains in the coaching chair, should bring the Panthers stability and continued success.
I'm not predicting that Jacobson will stay for his entire contract, but maybe he has learned from his good buddy Greg McDermott. McDermott left Cedar Falls for Iowa State and he has struggled.
Do you think Jacobson will leave Northern Iowa before his contact is up?