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Pittsburgh AD Pederson gets extension

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - University of Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson has been signed to a new five-year contract that will keep him at Pitt through at least 2018.

Pederson served as the athletic director for the University of Pittsburgh from 1996 to 2002 and came back to Pitt after a five-year stint at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as their athletic director.

Entering his 13th year at Pitt, Pederson is grateful for the chance to continue in his role as athletic director.

"This is an exciting time to be at the University of Pittsburgh," Pederson said. "I am fortunate to work with this great staff and together we are helping to guide each of our student-athletes as they aspire to excellence academically, athletically and personally. I appreciate the confidence the Chancellor has in our ability to keep Pitt athletics moving forward."

Pederson spearheaded the school's move from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Pitt officially joins the ACC on July 1.

06/11 15:00:10 ET