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Coaching news: Rutgers extends Stringer; Ball State signs Sallee

Two head coaches at the college level have recently signed contract extensions.

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An off year does not always mean a coach needs to be shown the door. Despite the Rutgers Scarlet Knights having a tough season last year — a 6-24 record, which is the worst record head coach C. Vivian Stringer has ever had — the university remains confident in her abilities to return this program back to the top.

Today, Athletic Director Pat Hobbs announced that a contract extension for Stringer has been approved. She will now earn $3.4 million under a contract which now is until the 2020-2021 season.

Stringer enters the 2017-2018 campaign with 977 wins under her belt – just 23 shy of reaching the 1,000 career victory mark. Few coaches have accomplished the feat, with Tara VanDeerveer from Stanford ,becoming the latest coach to reach that mark last year — the late-great Pat Summitt still holding the record at 1,093 career victories.

Keep the Ball rolling

Also committing to its head coach, Athletic Director Mark Sandy at Ball State extended head coach Bradly Sallee until the 2022 season.

"I am thankful for President Mearns, Director of Athletics Mark Sandy and all of our administration for their support and commitment to women's basketball at Ball State University," said Sallee in a school press release. "My family and I are excited to call Muncie home and to continue our small part of making Ball State the special place it is. I look forward to the future of our women's basketball program and the continued success of the players that are proud to wear Cardinal and White!"

This is the third time in four years, that Sallee has signed a contract extension.