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UB extends Lance Leipold's contract through 2020 season

University at Buffalo coach Lance Leipold does not like a call against Northern Illinois during first half action at UB Stadium on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015.  (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

University at Buffalo coach Lance Leipold  (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

University at Buffalo football coach Lance Leipold agreed to a one-year contract extension that takes his deal through the 2020 season, UB athletics director Allen Greene announced.

Leipold led the Bulls to a 5-7 mark in 2015, becoming the first UB head coach to win five games in his debut season since Bob Deming went 6-3 in 1969. It was expected that UB would seek such an extension within the first 18 months of Leipold's tenure. UB did the same with former men's basketball coach Bobby Hurley. Leipold earns $400,000 in annual compensation, not counting some performance incentives written into the contract.

"We are confident in Lance and his staff and are pleased with the progress that has been made," Greene said. "He is building a program the right way and the future is bright under his leadership."

Leipold brought with him to Buffalo a 109-6 career record from Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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