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Tulane extends Curtis Johnson’s contract through 2020

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Coming off the football program’s best season in over a decade, Tulane has rewarded head coach Curtis Johnson with a reworked contract.

The school announced Saturday evening that it has reached an agreement on a contract extension with Johnson that will run through the 2020 season.  Johnson’s old deal was set to run through the 2017 season.

A salary increase will also be part of the new deal, although those details were not released.

“I’m very pleased to announce an extension through 2020 for Coach Johnson,” athletic director Rick Dickson said in a statement. “He and his staff have quickly established a winning culture within the Tulane cornerstones of excellence in scholarship, sport and service. We look forward to working together through this new era for Tulane football, as we go forward into our bowl game, our new conference our and new stadium.”

In his second year with the Green Wave, and coming off a 2-10 record in 2012, Johnson led Tulane to a 7-5 mark in the regular season.  It’s the program’s best record since 2002; their 5-3 record in Conference USA play was their best conference mark since 1998.

The Green Wave has already accepted an invitation to the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, the program’s first postseason berth since the Hawaii Bowl in 2002.

“(Scott) Cowen and Rick Dickson have both been fantastic to me and this program and I believe this is the best opportunity in the world,” Johnson said.  “I love being the head coach at Tulane and our assistant coaches really feel good about what we are doing and the direction we are headed.  I am committed to Tulane and our administration is committed to our program and this extension is a great example of that promise.  This is extension will allow us to take this program to new heights.”

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2 Responses to “Tulane extends Curtis Johnson’s contract through 2020”
  1. nomad57 says: Dec 7, 2013 7:48 PM

    Good for Tulane and coach Johnson! Honestly though, if they both keep improving at this rate, somebody’s gonna come calling. That’s not a bad thing for either.

  2. realfootballfan says: Dec 7, 2013 9:07 PM

    Big time schools need to keep an eye on this guy. Besides learning at the feet of Sean Payton while grooming Drew Brees’ receivers for years, he was instrumental in developing receivers like Santana Moss and Andre Johnson at the U during their last run. If Al Golden leaves anytime soon, they could do a lot worse, and a few other programs who need a jump start would be wise to give him his shot if they’re looking for a nice up and comer because he was always a great recruiter.

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