Saturday , Mar , 19 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Auburn signs Lebo to seven-year contract

=== Auburn signs Lebo to seven-year contract ===

Auburn, AL (Sports Network) – Auburn announced Friday that men’s basketball
coach Jeff Lebo has inked a seven-year contract. The deal is expected to pay
Lebo $750,000 annually.

The contract will also give Lebo a base salary of $175,000 with the remainder
coming from endorsements and radio and television agreements.

“I’m elated to be the head basketball coach at Auburn University,” said Lebo.
“I appreciate the tremendous understanding and support that our basketball
team received during a trying year. We laid the foundation for our basketball
program this season. We have a good core of returning players and a good
recruiting class to build for the future.”

The Tigers went 14-17 in Lebo’s first season with Auburn while the team set
the second-best mark in school history in both three-pointers made and

Lebo compiled a 40-20 record in his two seasons at the helm of the Chattanooga
program. UTC went 21-9 in the 2002-03 campaign — Lebo’s first — and finished
the 2003-04 season with a 19-11 mark, while advancing to the Southern
Conference championship game.

Lebo, who starred at North Carolina as a player in the late 1980s, first made
a name for himself as a head coach at Tennessee Tech. Lebo, who was named the
2000 and 2001 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year, compiled a 75-43
record in four seasons and won back-to-back league titles in 2001 and 2002.
The Eagles had just one winning season in the previous five years before
Lebo’s arrival.