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USF Bulls extend women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez's deal

TAMPA — USF women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez, who has guided the Bulls to seven consecutive postseason appearances, has signed a new three-year contract through the 2012-13 season.

"Jose has done a fine job with our women's basketball program and has us well-positioned for continued success," athletic director Doug Woolard said in a statement issued by the school.

Fernandez, 38, is 158-148 in 10 seasons, giving him the most wins of any coach, men's or women's, in USF basketball history. His teams have gone to the NIT six times in the past seven years, including a title in 2009, and made the program's lone NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006. The contract was actually signed by Woolard on April 1 but released by USF on Thursday.

Fernandez got a 50 percent raise from the five-year contract signed in 2005. His base salary increases from $125,000 to $150,000, and the supplement for radio, TV and public appearances increases from $10,000 to $55,000 this coming season, then by $10,000 each of the next two seasons.

Junior leaving for UF

GAINESVILLE — Scottie Wilbekin, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Gainesville Rock School, will forego his senior year and sign a scholarship with Florida on Tuesday. Wilbekin has finalized his SAT and high school core requirements for admission to UF.

"At first I was hesitant to give up my senior year," said Wilbekin, who averaged 17 points per game. "They reassured me, and I'm looking forward to being a Gator next year."

Other sports

FOOTBALL: Randy Shannon routinely heard the same question while recruiting: Why was Miami winning yet he wasn't getting rewarded with a new contract? That was solved Thursday when Shannon officially signed a new four-year deal with an undisclosed raise over the approximate $1.2 million he made last season. "I'm here, and it's going to be for the long term," Shannon said. … Florida defensive back Adrian Bushell, who would have been a redshirt sophomore in the fall, is transferring, the school said.

BASEBALL: Host Tampa beat Florida Tech 7-1 in the first round of the Division II South Region tournament. The Spartans (43-8), seeded second, face Valdosta (Ga.) State at 4:30 p.m. today.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires. For news on other sports from our instate colleges, go to and click on More Sports.

USF Bulls extend women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez's deal 05/13/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:02pm]
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