Eric Musselman Agrees to New Contract with Nevada After Interviewing with Cal

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2017

Nevada head coach Eric Musselman watches during the first half of an NCAA college basketball tournament first-round game against Iowa State Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
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Although Eric Musselman was a hot commodity on the coaching carousel, Nevada ensured the basketball head coach will remain with the program for the foreseeable future.

According to Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the program has offered Musselman a significant raise to stay with the Wolfpack. His wife confirmed to KOLO 8 News that the coach isn't going anywhere.

The 52-year-old just completed his second season with Nevada. After inheriting a team that won just nine games in 2014-15, he led the squad to a 24-14 record in his first year. This season was even better as the squad went 28-7 with its first NCAA tournament appearance in 10 years.

While he reportedly interviewed twice for the job opening at California, per KOLO 8, Nevada clearly didn't want to let him go.

"We're doing everything we can to make sure Muss stays with us and stays happy here," Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth said Monday, per Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal. "He means a lot to our community, he means a lot to our department and he means a lot to our basketball program. We want him to stay here and stay here with us for a long time." 

Musselman had never been a head coach at the collegiate level before this job, but he has a lot of experience in the NBA. In addition to numerous years as an assistant, he was the head coach of the Golden State Warriors for two seasons and the Sacramento Kings for one.

He also got acclimated to the college game as an assistant with Arizona State and LSU prior to taking the reins with the Wolfpack.

Although Nevada will lose key players to graduation, the program is clearly heading in the right direction with Musselman.

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