Travis DeCuire

Montana head coach Travis DeCuire gives a thumbs up to Montana fans after the Grizzlies lost to Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 21, at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. 

MISSOULA – Looks like Travis DeCuire won’t be going anywhere.

Jon Rothstein, a national college basketball reporter for CBS Sports, tweeted out Thursday night, “Sources: Travis DeCuire is finalizing a three-year contract extension to remain the head coach at Montana.”

When reached by 406mtsports.com on Thursday night, DeCuire declined to comment but a source close to the situation said that a possible extension has “been in the works for weeks.”

Montana finished this season 26-9 after winning the Big Sky Conference regular-season title and tournament championship for the second straight year. The Grizzlies fell to the Michigan Wolverines in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 74-55, last Thursday. This was the second straight year Montana faced Michigan in the opening round.

In the last week, DeCuire's name has circulated as a possible replacement for coaching vacancies at Pac-12 schools Cal and Washington State. WSU officially announced the hiring of former University of San Francisco coach Kyle Smith on Wednesday, with the Spokesman-Review reporting that, "Multiple reports indicated that Boise State’s Leon Rice and Montana’s Travis DeCuire both declined offers from WSU before the Cougars reached out to Smith, but a source with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed that was false. The source said Smith was the only person who was offered the job."

DeCuire was an assistant coach at Cal from 2008-2014 and has interviewed there twice including two years ago when Wyking Jones was hired. The Cal job is open again after Jones was fired on Sunday. Multiple former Cal players were public about endorsing DeCuire for the job on Twitter over the past few days. 

In five seasons as the head coach in Missoula, DeCuire, a Montana alum, is 109-58 overall and 71-21 in Big Sky play. He’s guided the Grizzlies to four conference tournament title games, winning the last two. He’s only the third coach in Montana history to take the Grizzlies to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, joining Wayne Tinkle and Larry Krystkowiak. He is the first coach in UM history to win three Big Sky regular-season titles. 

This is similar to what happened last year for DeCuire. Last March he agreed to a new three-year deal to stay as head coach. DeCuire's base salary was bumped up from $155,000 to $175,000 as a result of last year's deal. 

Kyle Hansen covers Griz men's basketball and more for the Missoulian and 406mtsports.com. Email him at kyle.hansen@406mtsports.com or follow him on Twitter at @khansen406

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