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Musselman Gets New, $20M Deal From UA

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University of Arkansas men’s basketball coach Eric Musselman agreed to a new five-year, $20 million contract after leading the Razorbacks to the Elite Eight of the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

In addition to his annual $4 million compensation, Musselman could earn bonuses for postseason success, including $100,000 for winning the SEC regular season or postseason title and $500,000 for winning a national championship. Musselman is 45-19 in two seasons at Arkansas, including 20-15 in SEC play; he is the first coach to win 20 or more games in his first two seasons with the Razorbacks.

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“Arkansas is one of the premier programs in the nation and my family and I are ecstatic to be here,” Musselman said. “I am grateful for the commitment the University is making to me, my family and the future of our basketball program. I have tremendous pride in being a Razorback and it is an honor to represent the state of Arkansas. Our staff remains focused on winning basketball games and building our roster for the future.

“We look forward to continuing to build on the foundation we have established in our first two seasons in an effort to achieve even greater success for our program, our University and Razorback fans everywhere.”

The contract includes two automatic one-year extensions for the 2027 and 2028 seasons if Arkansas makes the NCAA Tournament. Musselman’s buyout if he leaves after the 2022 season is $7.5 million and that figure drops to $750,000 if he leaves after the 2025 season.

Musselman will receive a $1.5 million retention bonus if he is still at Arkansas on April 30, 2026.

“As I mentioned during the course of what was a memorable men’s basketball season, the best way for any head coach to advocate for themselves and their program is to win games,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek said. “Coach Musselman earned this opportunity based on the tremendous progress that he and his coaching staff have made in the past two seasons, culminating with the most exciting season in the recent history of Razorback Basketball.”

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