The news that we as a Buffalo Bulls community have been waiting for, Nate Oats has been signed to a new long term deal, following the Bulls huge win against CMU.
HUGE NEWS: Nate Oats has signed a 5-year contract extension with UB hoops. The extension kicks in following this season, according to a source.— Josh Reed (@4JoshReed) March 8, 2018
While we do not know the specifics of the contract yet, we do know that is for five years according to Josh Reed. Oats has been a huge factor to the Bulls success, and locking him up to a long term deal has been on the forefront of the Bulls agenda. Interim AD Kathy Twist has come through for the UB community, to make sure that the 2018 MAC Coach of the Year is not going anywhere.
While this deal is huge for the program, the Bulls still have work to do in Cleveland. UB has a second round match up with Kent State looming, and hopefully Oats will be even more locked in, now that he knows he will be around next season.
While most fans knew that this deal would be done, there was always some doubt about whether or not it would happen. After losing Bobby Hurley to ASU, Bulls fans had become a little cynical towards good things happening for the program. Clearly, Oats wanted this deal to be done as he stated in a post game interview in the past month. With 25 open head coaching positions at the division 1 level right now, making sure Oats didn’t test the market, and didn’t get offended by negotiations, and the department seems to have gotten it right this time.
Update: The Buffalo News is reporting that they have sources putting the new Salary in the 550,000 to 600,000 dollar rage, which is slightly higher than Bobby Hurley was offered back in 2015.