A story moved on the Associated Press wire late last night confirming that Montana men's basketball coach Wayne Tinkle -- 31-31 in his tenure -- received a three-year contract extension to remain in Missoula. Below is the brief:
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The University of Montana has extended the contract of men's basketball coach Wayne Tinkle for another three years, activities director Jim O'Day said Tuesday.
The contract extension will keep Tinkle as coach through the 2011-2012 season.
"It's nice, obviously, to know that you have the support of your administration," Tinkle said. "With what our guys have done off the court and the recruiting that we've taken care of the last couple classes, there's a lot of excitement. In moving forward, it's nice to know they believe in us."
Tinkle is in the final year of his current three-year contract. The new contract calls for a base salary of $122,596 annually. He is 31-31 in two seasons at his alma mater, after taking over for Larry Krystkowiak in June 2006.
"It was our opinion that Wayne and his staff are doing a very good job," O'Day said.
The new contract must be approved by the state Board of Regents.
It includes incentives based on both academics and the team's performance on the court. A significant increase in team grade point average is worth $1,250, maintaining or increasing home attendance is worth $2,500 and winning the regular season title is worth $5,000.
"That stuff all takes care of itself," Tinkle said. "That's part of the contract you don't focus on, you just like the security."
Consequently -- and perhaps coincidentally -- it was announced today that Tinkle's daughter and Missoula Big Sky star Joslyn Tinkle has committed to play basketball at Stanford. Below is that particular release:
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Missoula Big Sky center Joslyn Tinkle has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Stanford.
Sports information officials at Stanford confirmed they had received her letter Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.
The 6-foot-3 Tinkle was Montana's Gatorade basketball player of the year after her junior season, in which she averaged 19.9 points per game and led Big Sky to the state Class AA championship. She is a three-time all-state player.
Tinkle was chosen to play on the U.S. Women's U18 National Team, which did not lose a game in the FIBA America Championship tournament in Buenos Aries, Argentina this summer.
So much for all that "Tinkle-to-the-Lady-Griz" talk. It makes you wonder if Joslyn, a highly-touted prep prospect, was holding out to see what her dad's fate would be at UM before making a decision which college she'd attend. Once Wayne got an extension, you have to believe he told his talented daughter to go as big as she possibly could.
Either way, what a 24-hour ride it was for the Tinkles.