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FSU track coach Braman signs new deal

Florida State track and field/cross-country coach Bob Braman agreed to a three-year contract.

Braman, who had been working under a one-year deal as has been the norm for the Olympic sport coaches at the school, just led the Seminoles to a third straight NCAA men's outdoor track title.

In five years as FSU's coach, Braman, 50, has guided the Seminoles to four straight NCAA East Region outdoor titles, four straight Atlantic Coast Conference outdoor titles and five consecutive ACC indoor titles.

"We are elated that we were able to negotiate an agreement with Bob Braman, who has been nothing short of spectacular as the head coach of our track and field and cross-country programs," athletic director Randy Spetman said.

Braman, who praised and credited his assistants for the program's success and is now working on getting them raises, said he greatly appreciates what president T.K. Wetherell and Spetman have done and couldn't be happier where he is.

"This program is set up for the long term," Braman said. "We've got a chance to (win an outdoor title) again next year, and we've got to get the women in there. We've got more to do."

Financial terms of the contract were not immediately available. Braman's base salary was previously $120,000 a year.

EIGHTH-GRADE RECRUITING: The National Association of Basketball Coaches said it strongly opposes accepting commitments from students who have not yet completed their sophomore season in high school.

The decision comes a little more than a month after eighth-grader Michael Avery, 15, said he would attend Kentucky, and cites NCAA rules that prohibit coaches from contacting athletes before mid June following their sophomore season.

The board of directors said the decision was made, in part, because younger athletes had not yet demonstrated "sufficient academic credentials" to be admitted to school.

FOOTBALL: Former Ohio State defensive end Jason Simmons, accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl, has been sentenced to a year in prison for sexual battery. Simmons played for the Buckeyes in the early '90s. … Alabama senior cornerback Lionel Mitchell has been placed on medical scholarship because of chronic back problems, ending the former starter's college career, and receiver Will Oakley broke a bone in his foot and had surgery, coach Nick Saban said.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

FSU track coach Braman signs new deal 06/19/08 [Last modified: Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:47pm]
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