Minnesota defensive coordinator Joe Rossi has agreed to a contract extension with the Gophers.

The extension is set to be approved at Minnesota’s board of regents meeting next week.

Rossi is now under contract through Jan. 31, 2023. He’ll be paid $650,000 per season over the next two years.

There’s also a buyout of $125,000 if Rossi leaves for another program before the end of his contract.

Rossi has been with Minnesota since 2017. He began has a quality control assistant and was the Gophers’ defensive coordinator mid-way through the 2018 season. He replaced Robb Smith.

Since he took over as DC, Minnesota is 17-7. That includes a small step back last season, when the Gophers went 3-7 during a campaign that was significantly impacted by COVID-19.

In 2019, Rossi’s defense led Minnesota to a 11-2 record. It was the first time Minnesota has won 10 or more games since 2003.

Rossi, 42, has also worked as an assistant coach at Maine and Rutgers.