Virginia coach Bennett extends deal, turns down raise
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Virginia coach Tony Bennett extended his contract by another year Monday but turned down a raise.
Coming off the Cavaliers' first national championship, Bennett asked instead that more money go to his staff and for improvements to his program and other Virginia teams.
"Tony's decision -- to turn down a well-deserved raise and instead invest in his players and UVA athletics more broadly -- tells you everything you need to know about him as a leader and as a human being," UVA president Jim Ryan said in a news release. "Tony is one of the most selfless people I've ever met, and this is just the latest example."
Bennett, who turned 50 in June, is now under contract in Charlottesville through the 2025-26 season.
He guided Virginia to a 254-89 record in his first 10 seasons, winning four ACC regular-season titles and two ACC Tournament championships before claiming the national title in 2018-19.
"[My wife] Laurel and I are in a great spot, and in the past, I've had increases in my contract," Bennett said in the release. "We just feel a great peace about where we're at, all that's taken place, and how we feel about this athletic department and this community and this school. I love being at UVA. ... I have more than enough, and if there are ways that this can help out the athletic department, the other programs and coaches, by not tying up so much [in men's basketball], that's my desire."
The defending champion Cavaliers open the 2019-20 season on Nov. 6 at Syracuse.