According to a report from ESPN, Ben Jacobson won't be going anywhere for a while. The Northern Iowa coach has signed a 10-year deal to coach the Panthers through the end of the 2025 season.
Jacobson just completed his ninth season in charge of the Panthers, leading them into the Round of 32 before falling to Louisville. He has made three NCAA Tournaments in the last seven years, and has been in the postseason in six of his nine seasons.
Overall, his teams are 197-105, and 103-59 in the Missouri Valley Conference, including a best 16-2 this year, to go with back-to-back regular season titles in the 2008-9 and 2009-10 seasons.
With the signing, Jacobson cements himself firmly in the coaching infrastructure in the Valley and it makes a big statement about where Northern Iowa wants to be in the league. The move should provide a little boost on the recruiting trail too, especially with Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall becoming a hotter and hotter name on the coaching carousel with the Shocker success.
Jacobson could become the coach to play for in the Valley should Marshall bolt, and the stability in the head chair could have us talking about Northern Iowa as a contender for a while.