Sadler's contract extended back to three years

By CAMAL PETRO,

This season, fifth-year Southern Miss basketball coach Doc Sadler turned in his best season on the bench since he’s been in Hattiesburg.

It was good enough for Southern Miss to allow his contract to roll over another year, Southern Miss interim Director of Athletics Jeff Mitchell confirmed with PineBeltSPORTS Friday.

“We’re very pleased with the way our team performed this year,” Mitchell said. “It’s certainly a testament to coach Sadler and the program to be resilient over a five-year period as we continue to go through sanctions. We’re looking forward to more success in the future.”

According to Sadler’s contract, the university had five days after the final game to either allow his contract to roll over one year, or decline the option. Since interim Director of Athletics Jeff Mitchell and Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett took no action, Sadler’s deal is back to a three-year, expiring March 31, 2022.

Sadler’s salary doesn’t change, and he’s set to make slightly less than $350,000 of base salary every year until his contract expires.

Sadler led the Golden Eagles program to a 20-13 overall record with an 11-7 conference mark, which was good for the third seed in the Conference USA Tournament. His team earned an invitation to the College Basketball Invitational, and it was the first time the program played in a postseason tournament since the NIT in 2014. The two wins in that tournament, though, were vacated.

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