Vestal, NY (Sports Network) - Binghamton University has removed the interim tag from men's basketball coach Mark Macon and rewarded him with a contract extension through the 2013-14 season.
Macon took over the program on an interim basis on October 14, 2009 when Kevin Broadus was placed on a paid leave of absence in the wake of multiple player suspensions and the arrest of star player Emmanuel Mayben on drug charges. Broadus eventually reached a settlement with the university while Macon continued in the position.
"We have been very pleased with the leadership, stability and integrity that Mark has brought to the program as head coach," said interim athletic director Jim Norris. "Mark and his staff have worked very hard to build the type of program that our department, our campus and our community wants and expects. Above all, Mark has demonstrated a full commitment to the education of our young men and to their roles as students within the larger structure of our university."
Binghamton is just 6-18 overall this season and 3-8 in the America East Conference. The Bearcats were 13-18 last season.
Macon was a three-time All-American at Temple from 1987-91, helping the Owls to three NCAA Tournament appearances. He played six seasons in the NBA and three years overseas before returning to Temple as an assistant coach from 2003-06. He was also an assistant at Georgia State for the 2006-07 season before joining the Binghamton staff the following year.
02/09 14:37:52 ET