Oregon State gives coach John five-year extension

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State basketball coach Jay John
has been awarded a five-year contract extension, athletic director
Bob De Carolis said.

John is in his fourth year with the Beavers. Last season, Oregon
State finished 17-15 overall and 8-10 in the Pac-10. It was the
team's first winning season since 1989-90.

The team beat UCLA in the Pac-10 tournament for its first
postseason victory since 1988-89.

"I'm very happy with the direction of the program under Jay
John," De Carolis said. "Each year, the team has continued to
progress and the recruiting has improved each year. This contract
extension gives us the opportunity to solidify the men's basketball
program for many years."

The contract extension runs through the 2009-10 season. The
first year of the contract pays John $325,000 with incentives.

"When I took this job, it was for the long haul in order to
develop a program. There wasn't a quick fix. We want to be a
tournament contender every year," John said. "We're in the midst
of that journey and I'm excited to keep going forward."