Oats signs extension to stay with UB through 2024

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Posted at 4:04 PM, Mar 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-14 20:16:21-04

Despite plenty of interest from bigger programs, UB men's basketball coach Nate Oats isn't going anywhere.

On Thursday the team announced Oats has agreed to a five-year extension with the Bulls, keeping the coach under contract through 2024.

Oats was hired as an assistant under Bobby Hurley and was then named head coach in 2016 once Hurley left for Arizona State.

This year, Oats has led the Bulls to their best season in program history with a 29-3 record.

Oats signed his new deal following UB's 82-46 win over Akron in the MAC tournament quarterfinals. Oats is expected to meet with reporters Thursday evening to discuss his decision to stay in Buffalo.

According to the program, the contract makes Oats the highest paid coach in the MAC. He will receive $837,000 per year.