- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams received an extra year on his contract, the school announced Monday.

Williams, who is now signed through the 2012-13 season, did not receive a new deal. Instead, he met two benchmarks in the existing contract to secure the extra year.

The Terrapins must make the NCAA tournament and either meet the APR cut score of 925 or have its scholarship players average 27 completed credits in a calendar year for an additional season to kick in.

Maryland reached the second round of the NCAA tournament in March to cap a 21-14 season. Its APR score of 912 was announced in May, ensuring Williams would not officially secure the additional year until after the academic year concluded with summer classes.

The clause was inserted into Williams’ contract when he signed an extension in December 2005, a deal that was extended through 2011 less than a year later. Williams, who will begin his 21st season at Maryland in November, has since added two years to the deal after meeting both the performance and classroom requirements of the contract in 2007 and 2009.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Verizon Center has been awarded the first and second round of the NCAA tournament in 2011.

It will be the fourth time in 10 years that the tournament has visited the District. Verizon Center hosted subregionals in 2002 and 2008 and a regional in 2006.

Also, the University of Dayton Arena will host first- and second-round games of the 2013 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament as well as the opening-round game of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 tournaments.

The NCAA also announced that the men’s Final Four in 2011 will be played at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

The 2012 Final Four will be played at the Superdome in New Orleans and the following year - the 75th anniversary of the event - it will be played in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.

PENN STATE: Star linebacker Sean Lee has a sprained left knee.

A team spokesman said his availability for practice is day-to-day. Lee was listed as “possible” on the depth chart for Saturday’s Big Ten opener against Iowa.

Lee appeared to get hurt during the first half of last week’s 31-6 win over Temple. The team captain stayed in the game until midway through the fourth quarter, when he limped off to the sideline.

BOISE STATE: Running back D.J. Harper will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Harper was injured in Friday’s 51-34 victory over Fresno State when he was smothered in the backfield late in the game.

TEXAS: Senior middle linebacker Jared Norton will have season-ending shoulder surgery.

Coach Mack Brown said he expects Norton to apply to the NCAA for a medical redshirt to get another year of eligibility.

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