Avery Johnson, Alabama Agree to 2-Year Contract Extension

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 4, 2017

Mar 1, 2017; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Avery Johnson reacts about a call during the game against Mississippi Rebels at Coleman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
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The University of Alabama and head basketball coach Avery Johnson agreed to a two-year contract extension on Friday.

Per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com), Alabama's board of trustees' compensation committee approved the two-year extension that will keep Johnson with the program through 2023 and pay him an annual salary of $2.9 million. 

Johnson has been head coach at Alabama since he was hired in April 2015. The 52-year-old has led the Crimson Tide to back-to-back winning records and a 37-30 overall record, though they have lost in the first round of the NIT in each of his first two seasons. 

Alabama hasn't made the NCAA tournament since the 2011-12 season when Anthony Grant was head coach. 

Johnson spent seven seasons as an NBA head coach with the Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets from 2004-13. He was named the 2005-06 NBA Coach of the Year after leading the Mavericks to a 60-22 record.

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