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That Mississippi State job opening might have just gotten Steve Prohm a nice raise.

Murray State has officially extended Prohm’s contract one season, the longest they could extend it, and made him the 2nd highest paid coach in the conference. (Once Belmont officially joins this summer)

Prohm is slated to earn $300,000 a year, with possible incentives based on NCAA tournament wins and attendance at the CFSB Center. That contract extension puts Prohm on the payroll through 2016.

Clearly this is the move everyone in Murray wanted to see, but I don’t know how much affect it will have on the long term prospects of Prohm. Sure, the pay bump is enough for now, but with one or two more good or great seasons in Murray, other schools (in better situations than Mississippi State) will come calling, and I just don’t think $300k will be enough.

Can Murray eventually get up to $400k, the amount Belmont pays their coach of 26 years? Maybe.

Will they need to go higher to keep Prohm until this contract expires in 2016. I’d say likely.

But that’s a discussion for down the road. For now, the winningest first year coach in Murray State history will stick around for a second.

 

Teams Mentioned: Murray State, OVC


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2015-16 Standings

OVCOverall
EAST
Belmont10-318-9
Tennessee Tech9-317-8
Tennessee State8-317-7
Morehead State8-514-11
Eastern Kentucky5-714-13
Jacksonville State4-88-19
WEST
Eastern Illinois7-511-14
Murray State7-513-12
UT Martin6-514-12
Austin Peay5-712-15
SEMO2-105-20
SIU Edwardsville1-114-20
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