- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota State University is finalizing the first multi-year contracts it has ever been able to offer coaches.

The state Board of Regents in March changed a longstanding policy banning multi-year contracts for state employees.

The Argus Leader reports (https://argusne.ws/1Nvxqmr ) the Jackrabbits are now working on three-year deals for football coach John Stiegelmeier, women’s basketball coach Aaron Johnston and new men’s basketball coach TJ Otzelberger. Athletic Director Justin Sell also will receive a 3-year contract.

The Board of Regents changed the contract policy because it was preventing the University of South Dakota from officially signing its new head football coach, who was seeking a long-term commitment. The board decided that for the state’s schools to be competitive in recruiting, they must be able to offer longer-term contracts for such positions.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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