Sunday , Jun , 26 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Gottfried signs new contract with Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) – The University of Alabama and head
basketball coach Mark Gottfried have agreed to a new six-year contract worth
$1 million annually.

The 41-year-old Gottfried’s previous deal had him locked up in Tuscaloosa
through the 2008 season. The contract will pay him a $200,000 base salary and
an additional $800,000 in talent fees. Gottfried’s bonus package was also

“I feel this new contract reflects the tremendous progress coach Gottfried has
made not only on the basketball court, but in the graduation rates of his
student-athletes as well,” athletic director Mal Moore said

Gottfried has been the coach of Alabama since 1998 and has posted a 143-83
record in that span. He has also has the Crimson Tide to the NCAA Tournament
in each of the last four seasons.

Last season, the Crimson Tide went 24-8, but lost in the opening round of the
NCAA Tournament to Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Just one year earlier, Gottfried took
Alabama to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history.

Gottfried, an alumnus of Alabama, spent three seasons as a head coach at
Murray State (1995-98). In 10 seasons, Gottfried has an overall record of

“This is a place where my wife and I want to be for a long time,” Gottfried
said. “We want to have a program that will compete at the national level,
while at the same time graduate our young men.”