Colorado, Patton agree on contract extension

Updated: August 20, 2003, 12:52 PM ET

BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the Buffaloes through the 2007-08 season.

Jack Mills, Patton's agent, said the proposed contract does not include a performance-based provision that had stalled negotiations.

Colorado wanted a provision that would allow the school to fire Patton if the Buffaloes don't go to the NCAA Tournament twice in three seasons, beginning in 2004-05. Instead of getting a five-year deal, Patton agreed to three years and no provision.

Patton, 44, had one year left on his contract heading into his ninth season as head coach. He is 125-103 at Colorado and led the Buffaloes to two NCAA Tournament berths, two NIT appearances and two of the school's three 20-win seasons.

Colorado went 20-12 last season, including an 8-0 home record in Big 12 Conference games. Colorado was the only Big 12 team to beat Kansas and Texas, both of which advanced to the Final Four.

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