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CFB: Ault recommended for 2-year contract extension

Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) – Nevada football coach Chris Ault is being recommended for a two-year contract extension after posting one of the best seasons of his long career.

Nevada athletic director Cary Groth said Friday that Ault exceeded expectations by finishing the regular season with a 12-1 record.

The No. 13 Wolf Pack faces Boston College on Jan. 9 in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco, the team’s sixth consecutive bowl appearance.

“The success of the football program this year has brought unprecedented national recognition and exposure for the (university),” Groth said in a statement. “We are pleased that Chris will be the head coach for the next three seasons.”

The extension will add two years to Ault’s existing contract, which has another year left, and will run through the 2013 season.

Details have not been finalized, and university regents will consider the contract sometime next year.

Ault, 64, who is in his 26th overall season as Nevada’s head coach, earns a base annual salary of $443,093 plus performance bonuses, said university spokeswoman Rhonda Lundin.

“I am very pleased about the opportunity to continue as the head football coach of the University of Nevada,” Ault said. “We look forward to building upon the success of the season and continuing to put an exciting team on the field in the future.”

Ault holds a 218-97-1 career record and ranks fifth among active Football Bowl Subdivision coaches in victories. The winningest coach in school history, he earned his second Western Athletic Coach of the Year award this season.

Nevada overcame a 24-7 halftime deficit to knock off then-No. 3 Boise State in overtime 34-31 on Nov. 26.