(Minneapolis, MN) — Two coaches at the University of Minnesota are expected to get contract extensions after Board of Regent approval today. Golden Gopher men’s basketball coach Ben Johnson will get a one-year extension at the same annual salary, taking the deal out to 2027. Johnson makes an estimated salary of just under two-million-dollars per season. He was 13-17 in his first season as head coach. Gopher football defensive coordinator Joe Rossi will receive a new deal that will incrementally increase his pay to 900-thousand-dollars in the final year of the deal, which runs to 2024. Rossi led one of the strongest defenses in the country last year when Minnesota went 9-4. The deals are waiting board approval at the scheduled meeting today and officially announced tomorrow.
Gopher athletic director Mark Coyle spoke to MNN sports director Mike Grimm earlier this week about the extensions: