Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
The BU men's basketball team won their first 3 conference games, but have since lost their last 8 in a row.
Still, there is a feeling of stability from within the program.
And that more than anything else has earned Mark Macon a new job title.
He is no longer the interim coach.
Today he finalized a 3 year extension to become the official head coach.
Macon has been the interim coach for a year and a half, taking over following the suspension and eventual buyout of Kevin Broadus.
And while Macon says he doesn't read the papers or watch the news at night, this is still a weight lifted off his shoulders.
"I am very appreciative of what our administration, my team and this community with accepting me as the head coach. I am graciously humbled. I will do my best to be what I consider a great coach. "
Macon's team went 8-8 in conference play last season. His new extension runs through June of 2014.
The timing and the length of the contract of important.
The school's interim president Peter McGrath had previously said a coach wouldn't be official until after a permanent president and AD were in place.
But being a former college basketball coach himself, interim AD Jim Norris knew it would be important in recruiting to give Macon a permanent status.
"First of all roster retention, secondly recruiting, thirdly scheduling. So I mean theirs a lot of factors impacted if there's a sense of instability or chaos or that type of thing. I think we cleaned all of that up with this announcement. "
Macon's salary will be $170,000, which the school says is comparable to other league coaches.