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Weber inks Abegglen to new 7-year deal

OGDEN - Weber State has signed basketball coach Ron Abegglen, fresh off the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years, to a new seven-year contract.

Abegglen, whose 21-9 Wildcats beat Michigan State and then lost on the buzzer to Georgetown in the tourney, will make about $86,000 a year - roughly a 30 percent raise.

"Everybody has to know the quality of coach he is," said new Weber Athletic Director Dutch Belnap. "He gives (players) a chance to win and he doesn't go into any contest without that attitude.

"He demands a lot, he works his kids hard and he's always prepared," Belnap added.

Fresno State, Oregon State and UNLV all had asked to speak with the 56-year-old Abegglen about coaching vacancies following his NCAA run.

"He turned down the opportunity to talk to them," said Belnap, whose first official day as athletic director is Monday.

Ex-ISU hoop player will now play for USU

POCATELLO, Idaho - Promising guard Justin Jones, who is on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has notified Idaho State that he's not returning to the basketball team but will play for Utah State instead.

Jones, who played in all 28 ISU games his freshman year, averaged 8.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and one steal per game. He had 18 points against Weber State.

Jones made his announcement while completing a mission in southern Chile. His father, Terry, said Justin faxed a note stating he will sign with Utah State. He also considered BYU and San Diego State.