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Norfolk State Gives Robert Jones Three Year Extension

As a reward for his success in the face of adversity, Norfolk State has given men's basketball coach Robert Jones a three year contract extension to stay at the helm for a while longer.

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Jones took over as interim head coach last spring whenever the Spartans lost Anthony Evans. Evans went to Florida International, and Jones stepped up to take charge of the squad.

Results have been positive thus far. Norfolk is 14-11 overall and 8-3 in the MEAC this season, good for a tie for third place headed into their game Saturday at Coppin State. This isn't an amazing result, until you consider that eleven different players have seen game action in at least eleven games this season due to all the team's injury issues.

Perhaps this is a bit premature by the school; next season will be very different considering that this year's team features eight seniors, including six of the players I just mentioned. Perhaps Jones has the chops to hang, but we'll find out for sure once he's fielding a team of largely his own recruits.

For now, his players and others seem pretty psyched about it: