Steve Pikiell, Rutgers working on lifetime contract extension, per report
Steve Pikiell is reportedly closing in on landing a lifetime contract as head coach at Rutgers.
According to Brian Fonseca with NJ Advance Media, Rutgers is getting set to give Pikiell a second contract extension within the last 12 months. Though not official, the Scarlet Knights have called a Board of Governors virtual meeting on Thursday to act on a contract amendment for the basketball coach.
Pikiell’s current deal already ties him to the program through the 2029-30 season in an 8-year, $29.5 million extension signed last year. That extension also included a $15 million buyout, so whatever extension Pikiell signs, it is likely he will be tied to the Scarlet Knights until he retires.
Rutgers is coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since the 1970s and is off to a 14-7 start this season. The Scarlet Knights are also tied for 3rd place in the B1G with a 6-4 record in league play this season and are the only team to beat No. 1 Purdue.
Additionally, Pikiell has things clicking on the recruiting trail for Rutgers, recently landing a commitment from 5-star forward Airious Bailey in the 2024 recruiting class.