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Regents Approve Big Raise for UNLV Coach Rice

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RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada regents have approved a $100,000 a year raise for University of Nevada, Las Vegas men's basketball coach David Rice and extended his contract for five years.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported Rice will earn a base salary of $600,000 under the contract approved by the board at its meeting Thursday in Reno.

The new contract also provides Rice with an additional $100,000 annually for television, radio and personal appearances.

The vote came after lengthy debate among the regents over high salaries university coaches are paid across the country, especially during hard economic times.

But UNLV President Neal Smatresk said the pay increase will put Rice in the middle range of what other head basketball coaches earn in the Mountain West Conference.

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