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College Sports

Iowa extends AD Barta through 2024

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa athletic director Gary Barta has agreed to a three-year contract extension.

The school announced Wednesday that Barta, who has been with the Hawkeyes since 2006, is now signed through 2024. Barta will earn a salary of $650,000 a year with deferred compensation that will bring his total up to $1 million in 2020-21.

Barta is responsible for hiring basketball coach Fran McCaffery and retaining longtime football coach Kirk Ferentz and women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder.

But the school also settled a pair of lawsuits totaling $6.5 million two years ago in the wake of Barta’s dismissal of field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum.

Barta is in his first year of a three-year term as a member of the College Football Playoff (CFP) Selection Committee.

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