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Southern hoops head coach Banks agrees to new deal with Jags

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Posted: Apr 21, 2014 11:16 PM by Chris Price
Updated: Apr 21, 2014 11:16 PM
Source: WBRZ Sports 2

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Topics: Southern, SWAC, Roman Banks, contract extension

BATON ROUGE - Following a successful season and a tumultuous offseason, Southern University announced an agreement in principle to retain Roman Banks as the men's basketball head coach.

Banks, the 2013 SWAC coach of the year, spoke with Texas A&M about an assistant coaching job with the Aggies but ultimately returned to the Jaguars, who are still under NCAA probation for academic infractions.

"Today, Southern University has expressed its commitment to the future of the men's basketball program by investing in me to remain as head coach," Banks said. "With a new agreement in place, I am eager to move the men's basketball program forward while elevating the standard of excellence that we set as a coaching staff when I first arrived in 2011."

Banks is 59-37 as Southern's head coach: he led the team to the 2013 SWAC tournament championship, and the 2014 team to the regular season title.

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