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Wayne Tinkle
Montana coach Wayne Tinkle reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Big Sky tournament against Weber State Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Greeley, Colo. Montana beat Weber State 57-40. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

MISSOULA — Montana men's basketball coach Wayne Tinkle says he's coming back for a sixth season.

Tinkle said Sunday he withdrew from consideration for the same job at Fresno State.

"When they put the feelers out there, I had to take a look," Tinkle told the Missoulian. He said he met with a group of people from Fresno and the job was intriguing, but the support and progress he's seen with the Montana men's program convinced him to stay.

Tinkle's teams have posted a 91-64 record over the past five seasons and won at least 20 games in each of the last two. Montana advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2010.

Tinkle left Missoula Thursday morning to drive to Indianapolis along with his wife, Lisa, and children Elle and Tres to watch daughter Joslyn and the Stanford women's basketball team play in the Final Four.

"Traveling with my family the last couple of days has been great for me," he said. "They helped me realize there are great people in Montana, which we've always known. And I made a commitment to our guys that we were going to chase some things together. We feel like there's unfinished business and we want to keep at it."

Last week, athletics director Jim O'Day said he and school administrators were working on a contract extension for Tinkle, who has one year remaining on a three-year deal with a base salary of just under $123,000. Tinkle said the contract discussions did not influence his decision to stay.

"As coaches, we have to continue to evolve and taking a look at opportunities, but we also love where we're at, our guys and the direction we're heading and we want to be a part of it," Tinkle said.

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