It’s Christmas in April for May.
FAU coach Dusty May officially signed a 10-year contract extension, putting pen to paper shortly more than a week after coaching the ninth-seeded, 35-win Owls to the Final Four stage. The school announced the news Saturday evening.
May and FAU athletic director Brian White exclusively told CBS Sports in the lead-up to the Final Four that a lucrative deal was in the works and would be signed shortly after the end of the season. That day came Saturday.
“I love it here. I love our players, I love our staff, and the only thing I’ve been focused on since the beginning was doing the best job for our team,”. “I was doing my job and I never had any intent of leaving.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed by FAU, but CBS Sports learned that May’s pay will skyrocket well north of $1 million annually. It’s a financial commitment that not only reflects the incredible accomplishments from FAU this season but will also put May in the contractual ballpark of many more coaches in the American Athletic Conference. FAU is leaving Conference USA for the AAC this summer.
“We could not be more grateful and excited to have coach May lead this program into the future,” White told CBS Sports at the Final Four. “The way he leads this program is incredible from a wins-and-losses perspective, but just as important is the culture he builds, the student-athlete experience he contributes to, the people he brings to FAU. We’re so proud of our men’s basketball program and are extremely excited about the opportunity to have Dusty leading it into the future.”
There will also be a significant pay hike for May’s assistants, and in recent weeks, the school has been the beneficiary of financial windfalls that are affording FAU players NIL opportunities, too. Beyond that, more than $10 million has been raised for FAU’s basketball facilities. White told CBS Sports that some refurbishing will begin this spring, with much more on the way later this offseason.
At this stage, the expectation is that every FAU player who was in the…