After turning in a 8-4 record in 1999, including an impressive bowl victory, head football coach Ron Turner's contract was extended though January 2005.
Jan. 13, 2000
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Board of Trustees announced the approval of a contract extension and pay raise for head football coach Ron Turner at a meeting earlier today in Chicago. Chancellor Michael T. Aiken recommended an amendment to Turner's contract that extends the term until January of 2005.
"I am very pleased to have my contract extended," Turner said. "My family and I are very happy here. Fortunately, we have the backing and support of the University and athletic administration which enables us to continue to raise the bar and reach the lofty goals we have set for this program. We look forward to many great years ahead."
Turner's contract negotiations come on the heels of the 1999 season which saw the Illini football team post an 8-4 record and a bowl appearance for the first time in five years. The Illini's 63-21 win over Virginia in the Micronpc.com Bowl coupled with victories over ninth-ranked Michigan and 25th-ranked Ohio State on the road for the first time in school history, earned the team a ranking in the Associated Press' Final top-25 poll.
"Ron and his staff have done a terrific job with the Illinois football program over the last three years," Illinois Director of Athletics Ron Guenther said. "The 1999 football season brought a lot of excitement to the University and we feel that with Ron on board for the next five years this is only the beginning."