The Illini Basketball team reached an agreement on a contract extension with head coach Tom Crean, who has been in place since the end of the 2014-15 season.
The news was announced on Tuesday by Crean and the team’s athletic director Mike Bohn.
“We’re thrilled to have secured this extension, which will give us two years of solid stability for our program,” Crean said.
“I’ve been in the position of coaching for six years, and I know that the players want to have the opportunity to have their best season in years.
The team is better, and we’re stronger.
The Illinis basketball program is a strong and consistent contender in the Big Ten Conference and I’m confident that this will lead to more championships in the future.”
Illinois, which finished 11-5 last season and won the Horizon League Tournament championship, enters the 2015-16 season ranked No. 17 in the Associated Press poll.
The Blue Demons will play at No. 3 Minnesota this weekend.
Illinois averaged 26.7 points per game in the regular season, while the Minnies shot 38.9 percent.
The agreement also includes the option to extend the contract for another two seasons.