After leading Virginia to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007, Virginia Coach Tony Bennett got a reward last month. According to contract terms obtained by The Post through an open-records request, Bennett recently signed a five-year extension that will keep him in Charlottesville through the 2019 season.
The terms of the deal are largely the same from when Bennett inked a five-year contract upon arriving at Virginia from Washington State back in 2009. Bennett did not receive a raise and will continue to make $1.7 million per year. If he is still the Cavaliers coach following the 2014 season, Bennett is also due a $500,000 bonus.
The buyout clause in his contract has also been reset to its original level. If Bennett leaves before 2014, he would owe Virginia $1 million, but that figure would decrease by 15 percent every year after that.
Last season, Bennett led the Cavaliers to a 22-10 record despite a wave of injuries and transfers that left Virginia with just seven scholarship players by the end of the season. The Cavaliers earned a No. 9 seed in the NCAA tournament before losing to Florida in the round of 64.
In recent weeks, Bennett has buttressed the roster by adding South Carolina transfer Anthony Gill, who will have to sit out next season because of NCAA transfer rules. Virginia also picked up a commitment last weekend from Lexington, Ky., shooting guard Taylor Barnette, who became the fifth member of Virginia’s 2012 recruiting class.