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Huskies' Auriemma signs new contract

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University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma has agreed to a $10.86 million contract that will keep him with the Huskies through the 2017-18 season, the school announced Wednesday.

Auriemma, 59, has coached at UConn since 1985. He'll earn $1.95 million in salary, speaking fees and media fees in the next year, and that will increase to $2.4 million in the final year of the five-year pact.

"This is just a unique place and a unique situation," Auriemma said in a statement. "I'm fortunate that I'm here and that I've been here at the perfect time and the perfect place."

Auriemma's deal includes bonuses tied to the program's success, including conference regular-season or tournament titles, reaching the NCAA tournament and winning a national title.

He has led the Huskies to seven national championships and 13 Final Fours, including the last five.

"As I have said before, UConn has been great, is great, and will be great in the future and Geno Auriemma is a big reason for that," UConn athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement.

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