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Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Conradt, 63, would stay through 2009

Associated Press

AUSTIN -- The University of Texas is in the process of approving a five-year contract extension for basketball coach Jody Conradt, the second-winningest coach in the history of the women's game.

"She's been an enormously successful leader in her profession," Texas Women's Athletic Director Chris Plonsky said Wednesday.

The extension won't be finalized until approved by the university system board of regents.

The deal would be a four-year extension with a one-year rollover to keep Conradt, 63, through 2009. It will not increase Conradt's annual base salary of $320,500, but there are proposed raises in supplemental salary with compensation for summer camp, product endorsements and her team's academic performance, bringing it to about $530,000.

Incentives for on-the-court success, such as winning the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles or the NCAA championship, could bring in another $200,000. She can earn $45,000 just by qualifying for the NCAA tournament.

Conradt won a national title in 1986. Since giving up her women's athletic director duties four years ago, the Longhorns have made it to the round of 16 in the last three NCAA tournaments and the Final Four in 2003.

She had 849 career victories heading into Wednesday night's game against McNeese State, ranking second all-time behind Tennessee's Pat Summitt, who has 856.

Last month, Conradt signed a six-player recruiting class considered by some experts to be the best in the nation. Leading the class is Erika Arriaran, a guard from California, who is ranked as the nation's top high school prospect.

"At this point of my career, a contract renewal or extension is all about recruiting," Conradt told the Austin American-Statesman in Wednesday's editions. "Recruits want a definite answer. My answer is always that I have the best job in the world, I have a great time doing it."