It's been a long time coming -two years, in fact- but Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin's five-year contract finally became official today when Martin signed on the dotted line.
The completed contract comes three months after Martin led the Bears to a 23-11 (12-6 in Pac-12 play) and a sterling 18-0 home record at Haas Pavilion in 2015-16. It also follows and impressive top ten recruiting class where Martin and staff brought in a pair of top ten national players in forward Ivan Rabb and wing Jaylen Brown, who recently declared for the NBA draft and is expected to be a lottery pick in the upcoming draft.
Martin also led an academic resurgence, with the Bears earning their first perfect 1,000 apr score in the most recently released rating.
“We are pleased to announce that we have agreed to a contract with Coach Martin to continue to lead our men’s basketball program,” said Director of Athletics Mike Williams.
“Cuonzo has demonstrated that he is an educator, first and foremost, and cares deeply about developing young people into responsible and productive adults. Not only have we seen outstanding results on the court, his teams have shown a deep commitment to their work in the classroom. We couldn’t be happier with the trajectory of the program.”
The finalization of the contract followed the conclusion of UC's administrative review of the reporting process for recent accusations made against former Cal assistant coach Yanni Hufnagel, who is now coaching at Nevada following his termination.
The review process has been incorrectly framed by many news outlets as an investigation of Martin's handling of his end of the reporting process -a mischaracterization of what was occurring per the Cal athletic department.
Today's new release further clarified the nature of the review process:
"The administrative review conducted by the University of California, Berkeley’s Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) surrounding the Athletics Department’s response to sexual harassment allegations filed against an assistant men’s basketball coach who is no longer with the University, has been completed. The review found that once the Campus was put on notice there was a potential violation of UC sexual harassment policies, Athletics Department employees responded appropriately and promptly to the complaint in alignment with UC policy requirements."
Martin's contract formalized the binding term sheet that has been in place since Martin joined Cal in April 2014, The average annual compensation is $1.64 million per year plus signing and retention bonuses. In addition, the contract contains several potential academic-based and performance-based bonuses.
There are also reportedly discussions of an extension in the works, though nothing formally has been announced to-date.