La Salle gave John Giannini a contract extension 3 years ago when it was not all that popular. The Explorers had just gone 12-18, a season after going 18-13. But there were extenuating circumstances. The rotation had been devastated by injuries.
The university just gave its basketball coach another extension Thursday. It will be as popular as Giannini’s team was in March on the way to the Sweet 16.
No details on money or years were revealed, but it can be assumed that the coach got a healthy raise and many more years.
La Salle had not been in the NCAA Tournament since 1992. After a breakthrough regular season, the Explorers got the second-to-last at-large berth and made the selection committee look very smart by winning three NCAA games (Boise State, Kansas State, Mississippi) in 5 days before losing to Final Four participant Wichita State in the Sweet 16.