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The new contract runs to May, 2015.
But whether you're talking about 2012 or 2015, those dates mean nothing when you're arguably talking about the most coveted coach in the nation.
What means something is the size of the buyout clause that could give schools pause before trying to poach Tony. The $500,000 that was in effect this past season was itself underwhelming give the largess that schools such as Indiana possess. But now it's $400,000 and scaling down to $250,000.
Those numbers are the type that the T. Boone Pickens-type of boosters around the nation laugh at. Which of course means we can expect the annual Feb-March-April circus around Tony's future to continue unabashedly.
A year ago, John Beilein, who went to Michigan from West Virginia last April, had a contract that called for a $2.5 million buyout clause. Ben Braun, fired this year at Cal, had a $1 million buyout in his contract.
Washington State is 52-17 over the last two seasons under Bennett, reaching the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament in his two seasons as head coach.
Efforts today to reach WSU athletic director Jim Sterk for comment on the matter were unsuccessful.
Bennett's assistants will also receive raises at his request and there will be facilities upgrades and also charter air travel improvements for the hoops program.
The majority of the basketball coaches in the Pac-10 are making more than $1 million. Washington's Lorenzo makes a guaranteed him $1.105 million per season, with incentives that could boost that to around $1.5 million.