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Kansas Colleges Want Longer Coaching Contracts

Associated Press - December 18, 2014 6:19 pm

Three open seats on the Kansas Board of Regents have yet to be filled even though the board's next meeting is just days away.

Three Kansas universities in the NCAA Division II are asking a state panel to OK a proposal that would let them sign multiyear contracts with their athletic coaches.

The Kansas Board of Regents is expected to vote next month on the proposal that would give the schools the same authority Division I colleges have.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports some regents are concerned the proposal would bring the “excesses” of larger college sports to smaller institutions, such as coaches earning higher salaries than university presidents and other officials.

Much of the push for the change is coming from Pittsburg State University. Its president says other Division II schools in the U.S. offer their coaches longer contracts, and Kansas schools risk losing their coaches if they can’t do the same.

(Information from: Lawrence Journal-World)

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